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Pedrotti: an avant-garde photographer

The exhibition Enrico Pedrotti shows 63 photos, one film and selected press material from the photographer Enrico Pedrotti, who worked in the Trentino South Tyrol region between 1920 and 1960. It is the first extensive opportunity to present Pedrotti’s oeuvre in its entirety. Till now, his work has been known only in specific contexts (mountain, portrait, futurism) and with individual photographs.

The focus of this exhibition – hosted at Foto Forum gallery in Bolzano and curated by Valentina Cramerotti – is Enrico Pedrotti’s relationship to the ways of working of Italian photographers among the futurists (from Wulz to Parisio, from Castagneri to Tato) as well as to the German New Objectivity scene with its attention to clear forms and details; Pedrotti experienced important impulses from all of them. Accordingly, Pedrotti’s entire artistic development is examined in this exhibition for technical and stylistic borrowings and approaches; events and circumstances, inspirations and boundaries are shown that led him to develop his own personal way of working. The photographs are from his son Luca Pedrotti’s Bolzano archive, which comprises, besides photos and negatives, the majority of the existing portraits and photomontages, as well as the complete fotocollage series that originated in collaboration with Fortunato Depero. The selection of the exhibition highlights, besides his artistic successes, the photographer’s particular skill in reconciling his work as the operator of a photo studio for which all Bolzano knew him with his avant-garde research, which remained largely unnoticed by the public. The latter is what made Enrico Pedrotti as photographer one of the protagonists unleashing a wave of innovation in Italy and abroad in the 1930s.

This project on Enrico Pedrotti is the attempt to account for the position as pioneer that he often occupied in Italian photography of the time. The topics and techniques of Pedrotti that are significant for the selection of the exhibition, the colour, the high key, the link between photography and print media, between photography and advertising, and particularly the use of photomontage and photo collage, are consistently the topics and techniques of the avant-garde within the panorama of photography developing in the first half of the 20th century.

Enrico Pedrotti
Foto Forum - Südtiroler Gesellschaft für Fotografie, via Weggestein-Straße, 3f - Bolzano/Bozen (Italy)
31 January – 11 March 2017

opening times: from Tuesday to Friday, 3 pm - 7 pm | Saturday, 10 am - 12 am | closed on Sundays and Mondays
admission fee: free entry
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Enrico Pedrotti
Foto Forum

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published on 2017-02-01 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS



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