Vincenzo Castella. Milano
27.02.2019 – 27.04.2019
“Vincenzo Castella portrays the world as a correlation between private and common spaces in our society rather than a sum of forms, languages and objects” – Frank Boehm.
From February 27 to April 27, 2019, BUILDING presents Milano, a solo exhibition by Vincenzo Castella, curated by Frank Boehm.
The exhibition, which consists of thirty medium and large format works, over one hundred unpublished photographs of the construction of the San Siro stadium and three video projections, is intended as an unprecedented anthology of Vincenzo Castella’s work in Milan.
An internationally renowned artist, Castella works mainly in the field of landscape photography, but a landscape built by man, the scenic settings for the cities themselves. The title of the exhibition is significant, clearly intended as a tribute to the city that is the protagonist of this exhibition and the main theme in a line of research that Vincenzo Castella has been pursuing since the late ’80s. Milan is the artist’s adopted city, his current residence, and the place where he began his research on the city.
The exhibition project is built on large-format images, characteristic of Castella’s work, and organized by the curator Frank Boehm into three sections: Rinascimento [Renaissance], Contesto Urbano [Urban Context] and Natura [Nature]. The exhibition opens with views of some of the most famous Milanese Renaissance interiors, churches, angles and sacred walls, such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper (Cenacolo) and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which make up a part of the artist’s most recent work. The spaces on the first and second floor display shots of Milan’s urban environment, with a detailed study of the construction of the San Siro stadium, a series from 1989 which provided a basis for the artist to develop his work on urban spaces.
On the third floor, the theme is connected to nature: Castella, rather than seeking a landscape nature, looks at an indoor, Mediterranean and tropical nature, collected and adapted to the heights of the architecture that hosts it, developed through mankind’s education.
The artist began focusing on this theme in 2008 and continues in this direction today for a hypothesis of new reflections.
The representation and therefore the analysis of the city are composed of environments that differ greatly from one another, conceptually connected by an approach of estrangement: while all the photos portray everyday, accessible places, shot from the ground – the artist and viewer are always part of the same space, inside the architecture, within the metropolis – the images are anything but common. The measure of distance creates a sensation of estrangement, a new point of view.
Creating the large format prints that make up much of the artist’s work requires considerable effort and time when it comes to preparing the final work. This approach means that, for Vincenzo Castella, the production of images is spread out over time in a rarefied way, and the works invested with extreme care and quality of detail.