22 June - 7 August 2020

Including works by:
Luigi Ghirri


We are delighted to present an online exhibition of the seminal Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri, the second exhibition of his photographs at the gallery.

Ghirri’s work formed a lifelong critical investigation into seeing and understanding the contemporary world. Incensed by the ‘endless supermarket of the outside world’ and seeking a radical change in photography free from the constraints of formal aesthetics, Ghirri sought a ‘new landscape’ and to speak of what really existed.

His subject matter was the reality in which he found himself, the everyday objects and landscapes of suburbia in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. 'The subjects are…things found in our ordinary field of vision – images that we are used to looking at passively. Isolated from the reality which surrounds them and presented in a photograph as part of a different discourse, these images become laden with new meaning'. Luigi Ghirri, Cardboard Landscapes, 1973 in Luigi Ghirri The Complete Essays 1973-1991, Mack 2016

The result is modern Italy in colour, without the clichés and idealism, not so much photographs but maps and charts: Ghirri’s ‘personal atlas’.

The exhibition at Austin/Desmond includes vintage prints from a number of Ghirri's series including his landmark series Kodachrome 1970-1978.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Luigi Ghirri The Map and the Territory, Museum Folkwang, Essen, travelling to: Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Jeu de Paume, Paris (2019); Luigi Ghirri – Thinking Through Images, MAXXI, Rome (2013); Ghirri’s work was included in the Venice Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

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