Istvan Balough

Galerie le Sous-Sol

In 1999, Swiss photographer Istvan Balogh produced a series called “Città” (City): thirty photographs, all vertically oriented and of the same size, affixed to aluminum. The pictures had been taken in and around a university housing complex in Rome—a true city within a city. Close-ups of students going about their everyday activities and shots of architectural details from facades and interiors alternate with broader views of the setting and its inhabitants. As with his previous presentations of this series, Balogh here extended his dialogue with architecture to the exhibition space itself: A large band ran the entire length of the walls, its salmon hue evoking a color typical of the facades of southern Europe; above this line were ten photographs, unevenly spaced and fastened to the wall like marble plaques. Their hanging underscored the play of architecture within architecture. To the

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