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MODENA PAYS TRIBUTE TO FRANCO FONTANA - SINTESI AN EXHIBITION ABOUT THE MODENESE PHOTOGRAPHER

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Sintesi is an exhibition that celebrates Franco Fontana 60 years of careers, an internationally well known Italian photographer born in Modena in 1933.

The exhibition is organised by FMVA (Fondazione Modena Arti Visive) and it is located in three different spaces: Palazzo Santa Margherita, Palazzina dei Giardini and MATA, ex Manifattura Tabacchi. It will be running in spring, from the 23rd March to 29th August 2019 and the entire exhibition is divided in two parts.

 

Curated by Diana Baldon managing director at FMVA, half of the exhibition is located both in Palazzo Santa Margherita and Palazzina dei Giardini. It represents the true meaning of Sintesi (synthesis) in the sense that includes 30 pieces, majority of which have been produced between 1961 and 2017 but never published. The common thread here is urban and wild landscapes, leading the viewer on a journey linking Modena to Cuba, China, the USA and then Kuwait.

 

 

This group of images is believed to represent Fontana’s truest creative expression. Indeed, his style strongly distinguishes itself by an accurate study of composition through the use of geometry as well as abstract point of views and surfaces. Some of the most recurring themes are mass culture, leisure activities, travel and speed which is regarded as freedom of the individual although humans are always represented small or far away.

 

His style of photography has been frequently associated with abstract modernist paintings, where colour plays a fundamental role in opposition to geometric lines that contribute to distort reality’s perception. During the 60s this highly new approach has triggered an innovative change within colour film photography.

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The second part located at MATA is made up of 100 selected photographs kindly donated in 1991 to Modena and Galleria Civica by Franco Fontana, who also entirely curated by this part of the exhibition. During the 70’s Fontana started exchanging photographs with other international photographers, just to mention some Mario Giacomelli, Luigi Ghirri, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz  and Sebastião Salgado.

This resulted for Fontana to collect over 1600 images.

For this reason, this second half of the exhibition is intended to testify Fontana’s wide and genuine link of professional relationships all over the world that in many cases have evolved into ties of profound  friendship.

 

 

Edoardo Tirelli

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