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Friday, December 28th, 2018

Rimini, 1977

Luigi Ghirri
The Map and the Territory
Jeu de Paume
Paris | France
12 February > 2 June 2019

Modena, 1971
Courtesy Matthew
Marks Gallery

Ironically, since he was obsessed by maps, it seems particularly odd that until now Luigi Ghirri, a photographer whose importance was recognised internationally during his lifetime, never had a retrospective exhibition outside of his home country. This forthcoming show, in France, focuses on the astonishing body of work he produced over the course of a single decade at the start of his career.

Padova, 1973
Università di Parma

Bastia, 1976

Salzburg, 1977
Private collection.
Courtesy Matthew
Marks Gallery

Born in the northern area of Reggio Emilia, and based in Modena, Italy, Ghirri (1943 > 1992) was a trained surveyor when he began taking photographs in his spare time in the early 1970s. Revealingly, he once said that he was interested in, amongst other things: objects charged with desires, dreams, collective memories, windows, mirrors and human beings seen through images, because that is exactly what you get. Direct and infused with subtle wit, his photographs and photomontages from this period, which channel diverse influences from surrealism to pop art, stop you in your tracks, play games with your perception and, most especially, make you think. Ghirri’s mature work, though equally as thought-provoking, was often more gentle in its irony.

Brest, 1972
CSAC, Università
di Parma

The recent revival of interest in Ghirri’s oeuvre was sparked by The Aperture Foundation’s first book in English on the photographer, published in 2008. In 2011, Thomas Demand organised the show La Carte d’Après Nature around Ghirri’s photographs, at Matthew Marks Gallery in New York, which has been followed by a host of other exhibitions in Italy and elsewhere around the world.

Previously shown in 2018 at Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany and at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Luigi Ghirri: The Map and the Territory is at Jeu de Paume in Paris.

All images photographed by Luigi Ghirri, courtesy Jeu de Paume, © Estate Luigi Ghirri

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