From November 10th to December 21st, the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris presents a selection of unpublished photographs by Luigi Ghirri from the archives of the Marazzi ceramics company, Italy's leading producer and marketer of ceramic tiles and porcelain stoneware since 1930. The exhibition Luigi Ghirri. Les années Marazzi 1975-1985, curated by Ilaria Campioli, is organised in collaboration with Archivio Luigi Ghirri and the Marazzi Group.
Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), internationally renowned photographer, is considered one of the most important Italian photographers of the 20th century. His work challenges the codes of photography: the images he produces are not acts of mimesis or simple reproductions, but true explorations of reality.
Ghirri first joined Marazzi in 1975. This encounter gave rise to a unique and lasting relationship with astonishing artistic results. Over a period of ten years, Ghirri produced a large body of photographs for Marazzi. Free from the canons of advertising, these photographs are the best expression of the artist's visual research on ceramics, where composition, light and colours mingle in countless possibilities.
Italian Cultural Institute of Paris
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