Student Visit to the Archive

A short summary of a day at the studio with some students from the Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Following this encounter, over the next few months students will work on a visual output in dialogue with my archive. Curious to see what will come out!

“over the next few months students are invited to create a visual output in dialogue with my archive”

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of spending a day at the studio with a selected group of students from the Fondazione Studio Marangoni. This visit marks the beginning of a collaboration with the Florence-based school, that partners with us for the promotion and circulation of my archive project. Fondazione Studio Marangoni is committed to fostering photographic culture with a dual emphasis on artistic education and professional growth, preparing the students for the contemporary art world.

After a brief introduction to our ongoing digitization project of film negatives, over the next few months students are invited to create a visual output in dialogue with my archive.
We first provided a technical overview, explaining the tools and expertise needed in order to embark on the digitization of a photo archive of large-format negatives, i.e. the different types of scans and the resolution required to achieve the best quality in prints, the careful process of negative-to-positive inversion undertaken by our colorist Andrea dalle Luche, and so on… Special emphasis was also placed on the relevance of such a project from an artistic point of view, explaining how this body of work presented in its entirety can become a record of how our society has changed in the last 30 years.

“all the different interpretations and elaborations help to keep the work alive

I have to say that the archive project was well received as we noticed a particular enthusiasm in the students: some of them showed an interest in the dialogue between photos from the 90s and photos taken recently in the same places, documenting the changes in trends, habits, architecture. Others are interested in the failed shots that are included in the archive, the double exposures, light leaks… somehow questioning the process and all the mistakes behind a photographer’s work.

It is always interesting to propose this kind of project to students that are free to experiment and less constricted by dogma, not least because it gives new layers of interpretation to my work. This is indeed the purpose of making the archive public and accessible online to everyone – all the different interpretations and elaborations help to keep the work alive, potentially informing future generations of photographers, sociologists, researchers and so on…
In general, all the students were very curious and eager to undertake this project, which makes me quite happy and curious to see the results of this collaboration.

The archive project is made possible thanks to the grant PNRR TOCC Transizione Digitale Organismi Culturali e Creativi by the Italian Ministry of Culture
A project funded by European Union – Next Generation EU within the PNRR (Piano Nazionale Ripresa e Resilienza)
Italian Ministry of Culture, Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea.

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