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1 / 4       Bull's eye. © Gilbert Garcin

2 / 4       To be useful. © Gilbert Garcin

3 / 4       Mill of oblivion. © Gilbert Garcin

4 / 4       The museum. © Gilbert Garcin

The world of Mister G.

For the first time in Rome and nine years after the only Italian exhibition (Milan, 2007), there comes the French photographer Gilbert Garcin, nicknamed Mister G., with a wide selection of images covering a time interval of about twenty years. The exhibition is curated by Paola Stacchini Cavazza and it will be on display at the Galleria del Cembalo in Rome from April 16th to June 18th.
Gilbert Garcin was born in La Ciotat, close to Marseille, in 1929. After the degree in economics, he directed a company of import-export of light devices. Once retired, being 65 years old, he won a photographic price and therefore followed a workshop at the Rencontres d’Arles of that year, discovering the great potential of photomontage, which later will be the focus of his work. The shooting is realized in the studio, by means of small hand-cut cardboard outlines and an expert, as much as simple technique of lighting, obtaining images that lead us to face existential questions on the meaning of our living and the relationship with the world around us. Without complex and respectful at the same time, the author takes inspiration from the work of painters, illustrators and movie makers. In particular, Gilbert Garcin probably looked at Monsieur Hulot by Jacques Tati, when he initially gave life to his character, a simple anonymous man in his coat and hat, Mister G. «It doesn’t happen everyday – writes about him Yves Gerbal in the foreword of the book Faire de son mieux (Filigranes Éditions 2013) – to see a man dedicating his life in selling light devices and then waiting for his retirement to concentrate on the art of light. And in the same way, it’s really unusual that a manager starts a new career in the artistic field, succeeding to go far beyond the level of an amateur». In the last 15 years Gilbert Garcin published several books and participated to many exhibitions, but he loves to describe himself as only «an old man who takes pictures».

Mister G. Photographs by Gilbert Garcin
Galleria del Cembalo, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, 19 - Rome (Italy)
16 April – 18 June 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Friday, 4 pm - 7 pm | Saturday, 10,30 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm | from Monday to Friday, 10,30 am - 1 pm (by appointment only) | closed on Sundays
admission fee: free entry
info: +39 (0)6 83796619

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Gilbert Garcin
Galleria del Cembalo

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published on 2016-04-05 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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