Luigi Ghirri

Galerie Anne de Villepoix

Luigi Ghirri (1943–1992) was one of the first artists, in the early ’70s, to practice color photography as a way of adhering to reality, a limitless reservoir of hieroglyphics to be deciphered. Forty original prints from 1970 to 1990 and eight new prints authorized by Ghirri’s widow, with the sea as their common theme, allowed for a good grasp of this artist at the crossroads of Pop and Conceptual art. Certain images record the signs of human presence (advertising or movie posters, signposts, decorations painted on the doors of beach cabanas) and, through the effects of cropping, reveal their coexistence with fragments of a landscape on the verge of disappearance; these images seek out collisions, as in one that shows fragments of two posters—the legs of a pinup and a death notice. Paradoxically, the force of Ghirri’s images has to do with their banality, symptomatic of the social uses of

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