© Giuseppe De Mattia/Home Movies.

The coincidence of the gaze

On Wednesday, November 4th 2015, starting from 7 p.m., at the center of photography Spazio Labo’, in Bologna, Giuseppe De Mattia and Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia will present the book La coincidenza dello sguardo (The coincidence of the gaze).
«The project, which grew out of historical reflection on the expansion of image production practices since the second half of the Sixties, is an attempt to find correspondences between Ghirri’s photographic research and the proliferation of mass amateur images. The challenge lay in recreating the Emilian photographer’s imagination (and everything pertaining thereto) of the first period by seeking it precisely in that humus and in that model from which his own artistic research originated. This work is an inquiry into how much amateur film archives in embryo may incorporate unconscious glances that are not so far from the transfiguration of reality carried out by photographers. The insight therefore arises from coincidences and resemblances, incredible but only apparently random: some frames from home movies made prevalently in Emilia appear almost like unpublished professional shots, charged with a status full of ambiguity and at the same time stimulating».
During the evening will participate the authors Giuseppe De Mattia, Paolo Simoni and Ilaria Ferretti (Home Movies) and the historian of photography Claudio Domini.

Book presentation:
La coincidenza dello sguardo by Giuseppe De Mattia e Home Movies
Spazio Labo’ | Centro di fotografia, Strada Maggiore, 29 - Bologna (Italy)
4 November 2015

opening times: 7 p.m.
admission fee: free
info: +39 328 3383634

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Giuseppe De Mattia
Home Movies - Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia
Luigi Ghirri

published on 2015-11-02 in NEWS / EVENTS


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