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closed The Human Path

Curated by: Margherita Franzini

The show

From 1 to 8 February, the spaces of the Luciana Matalon Foundation will host Nicholas Viviani's personal photographic exhibition entitled "The Human Path". The Human Path is the synthesis of an aesthetic and stylistic research lasting fifteen years that has allowed him to make the observer participate and at the same time suggest food for thought. His photographs have man and his alienation as the common thread. Within his shots, the human figure is often   sketchy and dimensionless. As Margherita Franzini points out: “it seems that it floats in an isolated and timeless universe, as if man had built a space within which he feels safe, be it the working dimension, a simple routine or being together with love of one's life ". Almost always the subject is placed at the center of the scene and the viewer is led to identify with that small figure who walks alone. Viviani rarely uses the power of color, however when he uses it he uses it to underline the protagonist of the scene. There are references to great photographers of the Italian New Wave of the eighties of the twentieth century such as Luigi Ghirri, Gabriele Basilico, Mimmo Jodice, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Olivo Barbieri and Vincenzo Castella. He shares with them the "battle" between reality and image, in a suspended time, muffled by poetry. Viviani then delved into the theme of the landscape, often relating it to shapes. The narrative tone is low, descriptive, discreet, with a minimalist taste. The environments depicted are marginal, peripheral, there is a mixture of rural and urban in an alternation between the thought and the spontaneous. The appearance and rendering of the works favor introspection and catalyze the attention of the observer. It is interesting to look at how the artist, through the camera, manages to capture and impress on paper the feeling of emptiness that hovers and exists despite being immersed in an era obsessed with instantaneous communication. In some moments the silhouette is almost crushed by the surrounding environment, in others it seems to want to exit the scene or stretch a hand to free itself towards the sky.

Timetable and tickets


Foro Buonaparte, 67
20121 Milano


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