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Gabriele Basilico, Le Touquet, 1985, black-and-white photograph, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4". From the series “Bord de Mer 1984–85” (Seaside 1984–85).

Gabriele Basilico

Studio Guenzani

Gabriele Basilico, Le Touquet, 1985, black-and-white photograph, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4". From the series “Bord de Mer 1984–85” (Seaside 1984–85).

Two threads emerged from this sophisticated mini-retrospective devoted to Gabriele Basilico: the investigation of the nature of the photographic medium and the discovery of a new identity for the figure of the author-photographer. The exhibition, organized in two rooms, presented a selection of twenty-six vintage black-and-white prints, linked to three documentary and interpretive projects that Basilico undertook in the 1980s and early ’90s. In the first room were photographs from the “Beirut 1991” series, bearing witness to the devastation of the Lebanese city at the end of the civil war there. Apart from showcasing the artist’s desire to eliminate all formal acrobatics in favor of a style of photography that embraces every minute detail of reality, the sequence is also a powerful postmodern scenario, in which detritus and rubble are the source of reflection on the monument,

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