Exhibition curated by
Léila Wanick Salgado
Genesi is the latest great work by Sebastião Salgado, the most important documentary photographer of our time. A passionate look, directed to emphasize the need to protect our planet, to change our way of life, to start new and more respectful behaviours for the nature and everything surrounding us, to achieve a new harmony. A journey to the origins of the world in order to preserve its future. The exhibition comes from an eight year trip to discover the beauty of the most remote places in the planet. Curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado and produced by Civita on the basis of a Contrast project and Amazonas Images, the exhibition will be open in Genoa, Palazzo Ducale, Sottoporticato, from February 27th to June 26th 2016.
Salgado says: " I see this project as a potential path towards the rediscovery of the role of man in nature. I called it Genesi because, as far as it’s possible, I want to go back to the origins of the planet: air, water and fire from which life arose; animal species not tamed and still "wild"; remote tribes with a "primitive" and still uncontaminated lifestyle; existing examples of primitive forms of human settlements. My trip is an attempt to create a planetary anthropology. In addition, it is also intended as a warning: mankind must maintain and, if possible, expand this unspoiled world. Development may not be synonymous of destruction. I photographed, so far, only one animal, the man, then - driven by a huge curiosity to see the world, to know it - I decided to undertake this project and travel all around the Planet".
The result of this curiosity are more than 200 photos, telling us with an amazing and exciting look about places ranging from the Amazonian, Congolese, Indonesian and New Guinean tropical forests to the Antarctican glaciers, from the Alaskan taiga to the American and African deserts up to the American, Chilean and Siberian mountains. The charming black and white of the Brazilian photographer record the existence of an unspoiled planet, of another world where man and nature coexist in a perfect balance.
The choice of light, the compositional skill, the nuances between the clear close-ups and the blurred or, more frequently, "smoky" backgrounds are elements combined to create photos that are at the same time descriptions and suggestions, be it volcanoes, walruses or people.
"It's not just an aesthetic research - says Salgado - but in a sense also ethical and spiritual, a way to tell specifically to the new generations that the planet is still alive and must be preserved. We researched and made a very interesting discovery: about 46% of the world is still like it was on the day of its genesis, and together we must go on making sure that this beauty does not disappear".
The world as it was, the world as it is. The Earth as a magnificent resource to contemplate, to get to know, to love. This is the purpose and value of the extraordinary Sebastião Salgados’ project.
Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado was born on February 8th, 1944 in Aimorés, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. At 16 he moved to the adjacent Vitoria, where he finished high school and began his university studies. In 1967 he married Lélia Deluiz Wanick. After further studies in São Paulo, the two moved first to Paris and then to London, where Sebastião worked as an economist for the International Coffee Organization. In 1973 he returned with his wife to Paris to begin a career as a photographer. He first worked as a freelance photograher and then for Sygma, Gamma and Magnum photo agencies.Afterword he created together with Lelia the Amazonas Images agency. Sebastião travelled a lot, dealing first with Latin American indios and peasants, then in the mid Eighties with famine in Africa. These images can be seen together in his first books. Between 1986 and 2001, he mainly devoted himself to two projects. First, in the book La mano dell’uomo, (Contrasto, 1994) he documented the end of the large-scale industrial workforce. He promoted his book in exhibitions in seven Italian towns. Then he reported humanity on the move, not only refugees and displaced people, but also migrants directed towards the immense megalopolis of the Third World, in two very successful books: In cammino and Ritratti di bambini in cammino (Contrasto, 2000).
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