FOTOGRAFIA - FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI ROMA

april - september 2004


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SITES SPECIFIC_ROMA 04
2 april – 6 july

For this year's edition FotoGrafia has yet again decided to commission a great contemporary photographer to conceive and carry out a work for the festival with Rome as its protagonist. After Teatro del Tempo by Josef Koudelka, the 2003 festival photographer, this year's choice fell on Olivo Barbieri. A careful observer of metropolitan mutations, Barbieri draws upon the concept of avatar, that is the physical representation of a subject within a virtual world: an entire city may even be the representation of itself. Historical city, yet contemporary site, all of Rome enters what we might term an temporary installation. Seen from a distance, the city looks like an enormous scale model, dominated by the immobile time that is also our present, lasting identity and founding element of our sense of belonging. Site_specific_roma04 is also a film which can be viewed at the Trajan Markets after the opening date of the exhibition. Curator: Marco Delogu Production: Zone Attive Film: produced by Vivo Film in collaboration with Zone Attive

Olivo Barbieri
Born in Carpi in 1954, Barbieri began exhibiting in 1978. In the early 80s he began to study artificial lighting (Notte, Art&, Udine 1991; Illuminazioni Artificiali). Since 1989 he has frequently travelled in the East, China in particular. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in the Folkwang Museum in Essen. From 1999 onwards, he concentrated on photographing aerial views (Stadi and India projects). In 2003 he took part in the first New York triennial, Strangers, ICP.

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