Where: Museo d’arte contemporanea Villa Croce
When: October 20 – Novembre 15
Opening October 20, 5.30 pm
curated by Ilaria Bonacossa
in collaboration with MiramART Cultural Association
At the end of the Second World War, the artist’s grandfather, Primo Benedetti, comes home after two years of imprisonment as an Italian Military Internee in the German labor camps. He carries a small journal upon which he takes note of all the cities passed along his journey. About seventy years later, Andrea Botto retraces this itinerary within an artist’s book, published in 2014 by Danilo Montanari Editore, made of images found on the web and the reproduction of several documents that belonged to his grandfather.
The project reflects upon the subject of memory and the use of images in contemporary society, confronting the virtual relationship with faraway places with the physical intimacy of documents found in the grandfather’s notebook. Silently recalling an individual drama, Botto brings us to reflect upon the pain and brutality of history and to consider the narrative potential of images.
The recepient of international acknowledgments such as the Ponchielli Award, Le Prix du Livre Rencontres d’Arles, and the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award, for the first time the project develops into an exhibition made of limited edition prints presented in an installation specifically conceived for Villa Croce Museum.