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talk and booksigning
LOOKING FOR IDENTITY + FOCE
Micamera, April 12th _ 7pm
Swiss photographer Igor Ponti will be at Micamera to talk about two books, two different ways to deal with the Suisse landscape and identity: Looking for Identity (Hatje Cantz, 2014) and Foce (Fontana Edizioni, 2016)
In Looking for Identity, Ponti focuses on traditional and emerging identities, on a cross-canton journey—with the odd detour. He discovers expressive visual Helvetisisms and, in part in a mocking or affectionate way, points out distinctions between the cantons that nevertheless connect them in terms of culture and territory: freeways cut through picturesque landscapes, a massively carved William Tell stands by the wayside, wurst stands sell cervelat or fried sausage…
In Foce the author focuses on a place that is strongly limited – the mouth of the river Cassarate – in order to tell the story of an ecological reconquest.
It is a project carried out with the proper attention and calm, by regularly and continuously spending time on site. Formally speaking, Ponti pays close attention to the atmospheric colours, their temperatures, and to the nuances and the passing of the seasons. After which he synthesizes, distilling the large archive of negatives into a brief yet significant sequence contained in the book.
Looking for Identity
Texts by Pietro Bellasi, Giovanna Calvenzi
Hatje Cantz, 2014
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Texts by Gian Franco Ragno, Oliver Scharpf, Giovanna Masoni Brenni
Fontana Edizioni, 2016
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Igor Ponti (born 1981) lives in Lugano, Switzerland; in 2013, he obtained support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, whose aim was to promote new talents in photography. His images have been part of both personal and private exhibitions.
His first book Skate Generation was published in 2009.
The talk and booksigning will be at Micamera on Wednesday, April 12th at 7pm.
Micamera is in via Medardo Rosso, 19 in Milan.