Guido Guidi − Col tempo

Exhibition run: 5 October − 17 November 2018

Guido Guidi - Fosso-Ghiaia, 1971
Guido Guidi - Ronta, 2015
Guido Guidi - Cesena, 1980

Guido Guidi
Col tempo

Opens: 4 October, 7 pm
Introduction: Jean-Paul Deridder (Fondation A Stichting)
Exhibition run: 5 October − 17 November 2018

FOTOHOF / Inge-Morath-Platz 1-3 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria

Guido Guidi is born in Cesena, close to Ravenna, in 1941. He studied at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), then at the Corso Superiore di Disegno Industriale. After discovering and experimenting with photography, he began to fully devote himself to it and became a leading figure in contemporary Italian photography. An impressive photography collection is growing in his house in Ronta where he lives and works and is also a major source of inspiration.

Guido Guidi draws upon various domains to fuel his work such as the history of painting, architecture and photography, etc. From contemporary architecture to Renaissance painting, through to Italian neorealism and conceptual art, Guido Guidi revisits themes such as landscape, portrait and still life with unprecedented visual agility. The title of the exhibition, Col tempo, is inspired by one of his lessons in which he establishes links, among others, between a portrait of Giorgione (La Vecchia,1506) and photographs by Walker Evans.
Time and light are key factors in photography, something that Guido Guidi describes as, 'a sort of transformation from one thing to another, from tangible reality to fictional reality'. Working with repetitions and sequences, his images are emphatic, comprising to-ings and fro-ings and temporality. Guido Guidi's "contrary" photographs resist speech. They merge the enjoyment of construction with absorption of the photographic event.

The exhibition Col tempo, presented at the Fondation A Stichting in Brussels in 2016, gathers a large number of images that are on view for the first time. Various period colour prints sit alongside black and white images selected from contact sheets that have been reconsidered by the artist for this exhibition. These square format images, dating from the 70s and 80s, mingle with a wide selection of colour contact prints produced using an 8×10 view camera. This format that he continues to favour today encourages him to slow down and be more grounded in the present moment.

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