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VIVIAN MAIER EXHIBITION: A LIFE BEHIND A CAMERA LENS
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Beyond the myth, along the streets: from the 3rd of March until the 27th of May, Pallavicini Palace will host an extraordinary selection of Maier’s heritage.
Palazzo Pallavicini will welcome the accurate selection introduced by “Vivian Maier: the rediscovered photographer” exhibition and based on Maloof Collection archive.
From the 3rd of March until the 27th of May, visitors in Bologna have the possibility to appreciate a thematic itinerary through topics which were close to the great artist’s heart: childhood, portraits and self-portraits, street life, objects and colours.
A jump into her world of stolen moments and iconic shoots, 120 in black&white plus 20 in multicolour, coming from the 70’s production.
Anne Morin, curator of this event, creates a visual narration of the meticulous and innovative work, but also gives an insight about the austere, authentic and genial woman behind the camera lens.
Known as a nanny with a hidden talent for photography, Vivian Maier has been something more than this: a passionate student who deepened as much techniques as possible; an aware and curious professional, interested in participating and confronting with other experts; a determined and introvert woman who transmitted into each photograph her rich culture and huge sensibility; most important, the forerunner of the street photography.
The uniqueness of her work and, at the same time, her vision of photography, is enclosed in her peripatetic approach: she bravely brought this art, born to be free and real, out of the comfortable studios and represented the daily life and the simple people, unusual subjects for her time.
Every photoshoot, which is always spontaneous and sudden, intercepts evocative details and particulars capable of telling more than a full vision situation.
Often, the final result doesn’t really matter for the artist as much as the shooting itself. The unexpected click of the camera gains more value at her eyes, because it imprints an image, an imperceptible flicker, an emotion, a story…forever. That’s one of the reasons why she didn’t print a huge amount of negatives, but conserved them all. This concept of photography highlights Vivian Maier’s delicate sensibility and forefront originality. She dedicated most of her activity to black&white pictures, with the Rolleiflex, but also her multicolour photographs are expressive, casual, singular, even playful.
The myth around Vivian Maier’s figure, the naive and composed Mary Poppins with a halo of mystery around her personal life and her passion for photography, is still alive in the social network era.
It's easy to feel empathy and admiration for a strong, but reserved woman with a normal existence and a hidden talent discovered for casualty after a long time and who passed her life trying to reach her dream.
The truth is that she’s been more an inspiring photographer who worked as a nanny to live her professional vocation; the greatness of Vivian Maier is enclosed into her capability of anticipating an actual trend that enriched the photography panorama and into her personal and revolutionary vision of photograph: the research of a glance, of a meeting, of an expression to catch and crystallise.
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