An exhibition dedicated to the photographer Elia Festa opened recently at the Credito Valtellinese Group Gallery di Milano – Refettorio delle Stelline. The exhibition, entitled Nato soprattutto a Milano (Born above all in Milan) was curated by Fortunato D’Amico and the exhibition design was created by the designer and architect Matteo Fantoni.
Already well-known and appreciated as a photographer at the end of the 1970s, today Elia Festa is a visual artist who uses his lens to capture details of everyday objects, architecture, phenomena, and light that are often missed by a less attentive observer. He then rearranges what he sees, sums up the essential nature and scrutinizes the soul of the object by revealing the deepest and most hidden part. As a result his works which may initially seem to be abstract and formless blotches, on closer examination reveal suggestive landscapes that provoke emotions and curiosity.
The exhibition follows the chronological order of his work and is dedicated to the artistic development of the photographic image which is increasingly characterized by an abstract transfiguration. The exhibition features some of the most representative examples of an intense body of work that was in continuous evolution. It originally dates from the 1970s with the earliest photographic research and continues through the 1980s with the creation of a number of the most important advertising campaigns with some of the most famous Italian companies. The beginning of 2000 sees the transition from analogue photography to digital images and visual art.
The exhibition unfolds in a natural progression created by Matteo Fantoni, who accompanies the visitor on this 5 decade-long journey.
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