Luigi Ghirri. The Map and the Territory
Catalogue of the exhibition

“I’m interested in ephemeral architecture, the world of the provinces, objects that are considered bad taste that for me have never been so, objects charged with desires, dreams, collective memories… windows, mirrors, stars, palm trees, atlases, globes, books, museums and people through images.”

Luigi Ghirri took up photography seriously in 1970. Working in and around the Italian city of Modena, from the outset he photographed only in colour. Over the course of the decade, Ghirri built an extensive repertoire of images from which he shaped a distinctive reflection on the language of photography and navigated a number of poetic routes through the culture and geography of modern Italy.

The Map and the Territory surveys Ghirri’s work from the 1970s through fourteen different series: suburban houses and gardens, modern advertising images, the make-believe world of amusement parks, details of maps from an atlas.
In addition to his pioneering work as a photographer, Ghirri was an influential thinker and writer. This publication includes Ghirri’s key writings from the 1970s, together with critical reflections on his work by Jacopo Benci, Maria Antonella Pelizzari and the exhibition curator James Lingwood.

Edited by James Lingwood
Texts by Jacopo Benci, Maria Antonella Pelizzari and James Lingwood
Co-published by Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid / Jeu de Paume, Paris / Museum Folkwang, Essen
Price: 45 euros

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