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  • Christopher Williams, Velosolex (Detail 2), 2006, black-and-white photograph, 15 3/4 x 14 1/2".

    Christopher Williams

    Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna

    January 26–March 4

    Curated by Gianfranco Maraniello and Andrea Viliani

    The visual elaboration of systems—of industrial society, say, or his own artistic production—is a staple of Christopher Williams’s practice, and his installation for Bologna’s GAM is no exception. Some forty recent photographs will be hung throughout the institution, from gallery spaces to service areas, all evoking the original architecture and cultural context of the building, which opened in 1975, cradled by the radicalisms of ’70s Bologna. Entwined with this sociophotographic endeavor is an aural one: Williams is organizing (with artist and critic John Kelsey) a radio program to air for the duration of the show on local station Città del Capo—a kind of phantom limb bound to put whispers of the Autonomists’ Radio Alice back in the streets. The catalogue includes contributions by Kelsey, architectural historian Mark Wigley, and curators Gianfranco Maraniello and Andrea Viliani.