The white thought

About the Project


personal exhibition of Pietro Broggini

Festival Fotografia Europea 2014_ network OFF
curated by Cristina Gilda Artese and Giovanni Cervi
@ Fotografia Europea,
Chiostri di San Domenico
Via Dante Alighieri 11, Reggio Emilia

arsprima presents the works, dedications to white, by Pietro Broggini, works where the photographer strips objects, places and architectural pieces of whatever time-space connotation and confers unto them the dimension of pure abstract thought.
White becomes a placeless space, a moment without time, and a collection of pure thought, a Milky Way of galaxies (the architectural shapes) and solar systems (the objects), light years away and seemingly inert, even though connected to each other by a light and benign force of gravity (the focus of the photographer), that all taken together gives balance and light.
Lover of eastern culture and philosophy, enthusiast of a certain aesthetic minimalism, a tool of synthesis, Broggini tells of his own certainties and un certainties of man with the metaphor of a white room in demolition/reconstruction.
In the exploration of architectural pieces, Broggini reinterprets the surfaces and thickness of building materials, which become an aesthetic expression of sublimation of white and even seem to restore an ancient purity to the contemporary city.
There is a reason that white, the sum of all colours, is such a symbol in western cultures, just like in eastern, of Absolute Truth and Resurrection.

The works exposed in the exhibition are kindly provided by Diana Lino, beloved wife of Pietro Broggini (Raffaele Lino).
Pietro Broggini (Raffaele Lino)
Born in 1971 in Milan. In 1985, at the age of 14, Pietro moved to Como. He attended the Classical Lyceum where he studied philosophy and art history for the first time. From the inherent need to be able to capture moments and sensations and interpret them, in 1985 his interest in photography was born. In those years Pietro loved experimenting with Polaroid and all the techniques accessible to him. Rarely could he get enough of a result to transmit his message through a photograph. It was much later, in 2003, that Pietro bought his first reflex digital camera and started to experiment with light and colour and discover the world of digital photography. In the meantime his interest in architecture brought him to live in the financial metropolis of Frankfurt um Main. The city was still in a strong period of change, something clearly visible in his photographs. This period Pietro described as an “emotional upheaval”, but a necessary life experience. A reflection on fundamental values: what is fundamental, lost, real. Through Cristina Gilda Artese and the arsprima association he began to officially exhibit his photography both in Italy and in Germany and lastly in Prague. Pietro passed away prematurely in June 2013, but his photographic work continues to move and be the source of great interest for photography enthusiasts. In December 2013 the personal exhibition “Skylines over me” was inaugurated in his honour in Milan which had received the patronage of the City of Milan, the province of Milan, the region of Lombardy, the City of Frankfurt Um Main, the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, the AEM Group A2A Foundation, the Vittorino Colombo Foundation, not to mention the support of Hines Italia SGR, Ata Hotel Executive and the AEM foundation.


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