Scientific evidence. Luigi Ghirri, Andrea Zanzotto, Giuseppe Caccavale
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Luigi Ghirri's photographic shots will meet Andrea Zanzotto's verses and Giuseppe Caccavale's drawings in a three-part dialogue in which photography, poetry and art will merge into a single site-specific installation in the portego of the historic Querini Stampalia Library. An immense and airy watercolour will cover the walls of the great hall and will combine figures, drawings, colours, photographs and words. The protagonist is the Venetian landscape, so dear to Ghirri and Zanzotto and so important for the whole Venetian Renaissance pictorial tradition. The languages of photography, poetry and painting will compose an unprecedented landscape that is so unrecognizable and transfigured as to look like the landscape of another world, a science-fiction landscape. The title is inspired by a statement by Andrea Zanzotto: - The same landscape backgrounds of our Giorgione and Tiziano, no longer finding a correspondence in the geographical reality that we are forced to inhabit, have taken on a sci-fi feature. - (Andrea Zanzotto, Sarà (stata) natura? , in Id., Luoghi e paesaggi, edited by Matteo Giancotti, Bompiani 2013). This is the third exhibition dedicated to the Luigi Ghirri Fund entrusted to the Querini Stampalia Foundation in 2015 for its conservation and enhancement. A study day entitled "Between the heavens and the earth, between prehistory and the future" will involve various scholars and critics and will give theoretical fundamentals to the themes of the exhibition. A publication - the third "notebook" of the series dedicated to the Luigi Ghirri Fund published by Corraini Edizioni - will collect the documents of the study day together with the documentary and photographic material of the exhibition. There will be concerts open to the public inspired by the landscape theme that will enrich the project with musical suggestions.
The initiative is part of the celebrations for the centenary of the birth of Andrea Zanzotto promoted by the Veneto Region.
Partnership with: Le Città in Festa, Comune di Venezia, Patrocinio della Regione del Veneto, Comune di Pieve di Soligo, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia.