Franco Vimercati, Untitled (Grattugia), 1997, gelatin silver print, 16 × 12".

Franco Vimercati

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 1

Franco Vimercati, Untitled (Grattugia), 1997, gelatin silver print, 16 × 12".

This exhibition offers the opportunity to assess the work of Franco Vimercati, one of most compelling figures in Italian conceptual photography. Vimercati’s photographs bring us up close to his seemingly weightless subjects, often presented against rich black backgrounds devoid of setting or texture. Yet because these subjects are reiterated and minimally varied, his work can be defined as a sort of conceptual figuration. The artist’s emphasis on seriality and mutation challenges the predominant notion of photography as capturing discrete moments in time. This is a poetics of objects articulated according to metalinguistic coordinates, whose subjects are seemingly indifferent to the gaze of the viewer.

The gallery’s three spaces present three crucial moments in Vimercati’s creative development. The first space (at via Stradella 4) features works from his first photographic series,

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