Martina Giammaria & Luca Lupi: Italian Landscapes

An exhibition curated by nineteensixtyeight for the Consulate General of Italy in New York features work by two contemporary Italian photographers showing the diversity of the country’s regional landscapes

Aldo Sestini wrote in his 1963 work Il Paesaggio (The Landscape) that the Italian “landscape acquires higher interest and offers more spiritual pleasure when it is observed by those who are able to recognize the compositional elements, the peculiar variety and the natural and human factors that contributed to form it.”

Italian Landscapes brings together the work of two emerging Italian photographers, Luca Lupi and Martina Giammaria, who rise to this challenge with their interrogation of the evolving relation between ancient and modern, and organic and inorganic forces in defining contemporary Italian identity and the regional landscapes that so profoundly shape it.

In capturing the geological and architectural diversity of the bel paese, Lupi invites a modular reading of the Italian coastline, the compositional consistency of his images permitting a continuous and endlessly reconfigurable sequence where built and natural elements are reduced to their formal properties.

Those manmade components – or in some cases subtle interventions – of Giammaria’s landscapes not only integrate with the organic, but serve to facilitate human interaction with nature, providing sites for play and passive enjoyment, as well as vantage points for the essential act of gazing out upon the natural world; she, too, toys with scale, her subjects frequently offering the only measure against which to gauge the otherwise sublime boundlessness of sky, water, and mountains.

— Elizabeth Breiner

 

Italian Landscapes is on at the Consulate General of Italy in New York through 11 May, featuring the work of nineteensixtyeight photographers Luca Lupi and Martina Giammaria. Open weekdays 9.30am – 12pm.

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