Open Talk - Mario Cresci
"A historical memory of Matera as a laboratory city"
Friday 9 6h30 pm
c/o Liceo Artistico Statale "C.Levi" Matera - Via Cappuccini, 27
The Open Design School hosts Mario Cresci. The photographer will recount his experience in Matera from the late 60s through the late 80s: an active and direct testimony of a context in which none of what is present today existed, and nobody could imagine the city’s evolution into the present day.
Matera, over the years became a collaborative laboratory in which Cresci produced printed matter and ideas around design and design education.
cover photo: Mario Cresci, Dentro il Sole, Maratea 2016
Mario Cresci was born in Chiavari (Genova) in 1942 and since the 1960s he has developed a complex body of work composed of drawings, photography and installations. His oeuvre has continuously investigated the roots of visual language through the use of photography, using the very medium as a way of challenging the truthfulness of capturing ‘reality’ in a photograph. Cresci is a pioneer in analysing visual perception and in applying artistic and phenomenological thought to urban and anthropological field work in Southern Italy.
Cresci’s work has been presented and published at an international level by museums and institutions including Galleria Il Diaframma, Milan; Galleria l’Attico in Paris; MoMA in New York; GAMeC, Bergamo; the Venice Biennale; the Trienniale in Milan and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin.
Cresci directed the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo between 1991 and 2000, he taught photography at the Accademia di Brera in Milan and is currently teaching at the Fondazione Fotografia in Modena and at ISIA in Urbino.