MARCO SCHIFANO – Studio Visconti


From 1 October 2014 till 16 January 2015, the Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti in Milan (Corso Monforte, 23) will host the  exhibition of Marco Schifano (Roma, 1985). While working with photographic tools, appliances accompanying him since childhood, Marco Schifano moves following an ancient manual technique, like a Renaissance teacher or a Flemish painter, rebuilding with painstaking accuracy the scenes that will be the object of his attention.

Balancing between photography, film editing and painting, these images combine however also to the mechanism of theatrical dramatization and represent both the artist’s own subjectivity, as well as the aspiration to objectivity of the individual parts.

As the critic Gianluca Ranzi states in his catalog essay, “There is a deep sense of adventure that animates the works of Marco Schifano. The adventure consists also the creation of images that contrast the instantaneous speed of the shot to the long time required by the complex preparation of each set, of the lights, rare plants, live animals that appear, even amplified by the almost total absence of digital post-production interventions on the photographs taken. ”

Topics include animals, whether they are common (goats, geese, frogs), or rare and fierce (lions, armadillos, crocodiles, vultures) and plants (plants, flowers, fruits) that Schifano combines with inanimate objects such as furniture, crystal glasses, silverware, musical instruments, neo-Gothic benches, and more, in a kind of ongoing dialogue that leads to interaction on the same level between inanimate objects and living subjects, in a subtle play between reality and fiction.

“Schifano – Gianluca Ranzi highlights – involves the viewer on an aesthetic and cognitive adventure that concerns on the one hand, the emergence of an unexpected relationship between the subject (of whatever nature), and on the other, the magic of the prodigious photographic reproduction of textures, materials and reflections. ”

Studio Visconti – Corso Monforte 23, 20122 Milan
1 October 2014 till 16 January 2015
From Monday to Friday 11:00 – 13:00; 15:00- 19:00