SCHAUFENSTER: Martino Chiti – Suspended cities

Opening: 24.11.2016, 7 pm
In collaboration with: Festival Analogica

Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

“The guard is down and the mask is off, even more than when in lone bedrooms (where there are mirrors). People’s faces are in naked repose down in the subway.” Walker Evans

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Portraits, 35mm colour slides, from 10 different underground networks worldwide,(Paris, Rome, London, Madrid, New York, Mexico DF, Santiago de Chile, Tunisia, Delhi and Tokyo).

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

This work is reflected in and transcends the images shot by Walker Evans in the New York subways in the 40’s. It doesn’t make reference to any specific place but to distant and different cities which appear here as if closed in one single space.

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

The faces, which express the suspension and the naked rest of the passengers that use this means of transport every day, become metaphors as much of human essence as its modern dimension. Like many “flaneur” the people transit, linger, wait and leave. Behind the reality of constant movement is the veil of constant suspension.

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

“Arriving in each new city the traveler rediscovers a past that he didn’t know he had; the extraneity of that which you no longer are awaits you at the passage into unfamiliar places.”

Italo Calvino, Le città invisibili

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

Opening Martino Chiti: Suspended cities, Portraits from the underground

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