Maps & Territories of Luigi Ghirri
#PARIS It is a colourful retrospective that the Jeu de Paume is proposing, within its walls, until 19 June 2019. A substantial corpus of Luigi Ghirri’s 70’s “kodakrome” that traces a decade of photographic practice. The scenography parallels and fits perfectly with both the geometric and poetic aspect of the photographer.
Luigi Ghirri, with his invertible film, photographs what he sees, what he experiences every day, simply. Between the desire to travel and the desire for conceptual art, his amateur practice (in the noble sense of the word) invites us to discover a soft but precise universe in the detail of his image. His “French” framing is always very careful.
We sometimes wonder if its minimalist is linked to a desire to escape, a quest for freedom or rather a need to play with lines. Luigi Ghirri is passionate about representing the world as personal as it is enigmatic, whether in urban or rural landscapes. And the juxtaposition of the prints is part of a coherent whole with the evocative title: “Maps and Territories”.
Yes, of course, his talent probably does not match that of American photographers of the same period, but his themes will remain historical for Italian photography when he suffers a heart attack at the age of 49.
Maps and Territories
From 12/02/2019 to 2/06/2019
1, Place de la Concorde
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