A modern Italy as well as a late and post-modern Italy show the more than 100 photographs included “10 Journeys through Italian Architecture ”- but they only manage to emerge from the jungle of the metal frames of Studio Folder’s installation. They make up a very original second half of the 20th centuryNS Century, partly in good condition, partly stained, also made of empty basins, broken tiles, cracked concrete and faded stucco work. It is a still evolving landscape – the most recent work is from 2010 – consisting of several unique, heroic architectures that the collective presentation positively reflects as ordinary parts of a larger built environment.
The exhibition is the result of the second campaign by the Italian Ministry of Culture to feed the digital platform Atlante Architettura Contemporanea, online since 2018. The project, a virtuoso example of public investment in photography, was launched with the stated aim of “leveraging the knowledge of Italian architecture from the second half of the 20th centuryNS To make the century accessible to a broad and non-expert audience through the photographic language ”. The echoes of the great photographic missions of the 1980s, such as the French government’s photographique de la Datar and the artistic project of Luigi Ghirri Viaggio in Italy, resonate in these words. Similar to their illustrious predecessors, the journeys presented at the Triennale are a choral work on the threshold between the common goal of documenting more than 250 architectures and the artistic expressions of each of the ten photographers involved.
One of them is Allegra Martin, who is taking pictures of two Mario Galvagni complexes to the Triennale – the Torre del Mare complex in Bergeggi (since 1954) and the Giomein 2 apartment house in Valtournenche (1964-1967). “I interpreted this assignment with the greatest possible sense of responsibility,” says Martin. “In fact, the Ministry has entrusted us with a ‘mission’, if you will, in two ways. The mission to preserve this legacy from 20. closeNS Century Italian architecture understandable, readable even for a layperson and the mission to create an archive that will be a source and reference work for those who deal with these topics in the future. These circumstances also influenced my technical decisions: Unlike in my previous practice, I opted for the most common film, the 35 mm film, which, thanks to its panoramic format, inserts as much information as possible into the image. “