LIKE CHEWING GUM ON ASPHALT – LIKE CHEWING GUM ON ASPHALT CROSSING THE CITY IN THREE ACTS

A project in three parts in collaboration with Foto Forum and Bolzanism Museum
28.9 – 16.10 LIKE CHEWING GUM ON ASPHALT exhibition at Foto Forum with works from Antonio Dalle Nogare’s private collection, curated by Nicolò Degiorgis
2.10 workshop of urban photography in Don Bosco and Europa-Novacella with Bolzanism Museum
15.10 – 6.11 final exhibition with results of the workshop at Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare

LIKE CHEWING GUM ON ASPHALT – CROSSING THE CITY IN THREE ACTS

 

The collaboration between Foto Forum, Bolzanism Museum and Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare aims to (re)discover the city of Bolzano, diving deep into the world of analog photography. The project is divided into three chapters: a photography exhibition at Foto Forum, a workshop of urban photography, discovering the neighbourhoods of Bolzano West – in collaboration with Bolzanism Museum – and a final exhibition at Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, which will display the images produced by the workshop participants.

I
Antonio Dalle Nogare’s private collection gathers several photographic works dedicated to urban landscapes and to the sociological meaning these buildings hold in the context of a city. Starting from a selection of these works, Foto Forum will present an exhibition curated by Nicolò Degiorgis. The show seeks to analyze the gaze of different masters of photography on the urban landscape, analyzing them from two opposite but interconnected perspectives: the vertical and the horizontal one. Conceived as a mapping of the urban landscape, the exhibition will feature works from Antonio Dalle Nogare’s private collection, including Gordon Matta Clark, Dan Graham, Zoe Leonard, Michael Schmidt and Thomas Struth.

II
Following the exhibition at Foto Forum, there will be a practical workshop based on the topics discussed in the show. Starting with a meeting at the gallery, the curator will introduce the artworks and the techniques used by the featured photographers. The participants will then have the opportunity to look at the exhibition individually.
The goal is to reclaim public space after months of isolation within one’s own four walls. The workshop’s participants will walk together from Foto Forum, in the heart of the historic center, to Bolzano West, in the neighborhood of Don Bosco. The entire experience is conceived as one long performance. People taking part to the workshop will literally walk through the historical and architectural development of the city of Bolzano – from the Middle Ages to the industrial times, armed with a disposable camera. Members of the Bolzanism Museum team and photography experts from Foto Forum will accompany the two groups. Goal of the walk: arriving to the neighborhoods of Don Bosco and Europa-Neustift, in order to discover this part of the city through the lens of the camera.

III
The Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation will exhibit the photographic works resulting from the workshop attendees. The black box of the Foundation will become a magnifying glass, pointed towards the urban landscape of Bolzano West. Together with the images resulting from the workshop, the exhibition will display documents, models and other objects that tell the story of urban planning and thus the story of the city of a thousand faces, the city of Bolzano.

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