11th September 17th October 2009BACKGROUND STORY
Letizia Battaglia, Enrique Metinides, Arnold Odermatt
Enrique MetinidesSin título (Empleado de Teléfonos de México electrocutado en el km. 13 de la carretera México-Toluca), 1971 / Untitled (Worker of the Mexican telephone company electrocuted on km 13. of the highway Mexico- Toluca), 1971, Black and white photograph, 50.8 x 61 cm / 20 x 24 inches.Courtesy Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and Cardi Black Box, Milano.
Curated by Sarah Cosulich Canarutto
Cardi Black Box Corso di Porta Nuova, 38 Milano
< size="3">Opening: Thursday 10th September 2009 – 7-9 pmPress Preview: Thursday 10 th September 2009 – 11 am-1 pm
Thursday 10th of September, Cardi Black Box presents a new exhibition dedicated to the work of three important photographers: Letizia Battaglia, Enrique Metinides and Arnold Odermatt.The show reflects on the theme of tragedy through three different ways of constructing, revealing or aesthetising it. It proposes a selection of around 40 artworks that recounts the everyday through small and major dramas, stories often teinted of tragedy that, despite being close to our daily life or to the imaginary that characterises it, end up being the background nois e of our existence.
Letizia Battaglia (1935), journalist and photoreporter from Palermo, has narrated her city's mafia murders through tragic, poignant images. Enrique Metinides (1934), Mexican artist, has worked for more then fourty years as a photoreporter in Mexico City, capturing in his shots countless crime scenes, murders and casualties. Arnold Odermatt (1925), Swiss photographer and former police lieutenant who, throughout his career has interpreted the road accidents that were upsetting the order of the Swiss periphery.
From the transformation of tragedy into icon in Metinides' shots, or from Odermatt's aesthetisation of the accident, to the intimate and emotionally charged images of Letizia Battaglia, this group exhibition narrates the “background” as the unavoidable human journey: it is a show which ex presses the order within chaos, fate's disorder, but also the beauty of tragedy and the implications that its representation has on our way of interpreting it.
For Cardi Black Box it is the first tout court exhibition; compared to the previous shows that have introduced works by young emerging artists to the Italian and European public. With Background Story Cardi Black Box proposes in fact, through a new curatorial project, historical works of great masters of the lens, active since the Sixties.This exhibition underlines the research and the museum vocation of Cardi Black Box, a gallery on a mission to support and promote diverse artistic practices, through a programme focused both on the development of art history and the themes characterising our present.
Save the date: Conversation #1On the occasion of the exhibition Background Story Cardi Black Box is pleased to announce a new initiative: a series of special events and debates focused on contemporary themes. Alexander Stille, Letizia Battaglia and Giuliano da Empoli will be the protagonists of the first appointment, on Friday 9th of October.
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