Dino Pedriali

Il Ponte Contemporanea / ACTA International

Twenty years of activity by Dina Pedriali—one of the most elusive and important Italian photographers—were celebrated by three key and complementary events. The first of these was the publication of the first complete monograph on his work; this volume, put together by Peter Weiermair, director of the Kunstverein in Frankfurt, brings together his harshest and most realistic images, which nonetheless are the most personal and incisive of his career. In extremely strong chiaroscuro that brings Caravaggio to mind, these images silently present dramatic close-ups of faces, bodies, skin, and genitals—seasoned, marked, sculpted by the intense, aleatory experience of the urban periphery, of drug addiction, and of prostitution. Pedriali’s photos are neither documentary nor denunciatory, but are, rather, a profound and tragic dialogue with the ineffability of the human body. These are glances forced

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