Life through the looks, faces, gestures, bodies and actions of ordinary people who have lived, worked, loved, prayed in the Cuneo countryside of the Seventies, immortalized by the photographic and poetic eye of Michele Pellegrino. About thirty shots dedicated to women and men by the photographer from Cuneo, born in 1934 and originally from Chiusa Pesio, are at the center of the exhibition “Michele Pellegrino. Persone” Spazio don Chisciotte (via della Rocca 37b), organized by Fondazione Bottari Lattes in collaboration with Fondazione CRC as part of the second edition of Fo.To. Fotografi a Torino.
Stories of rural life in a campaign that is being emptied, moments of religious reflection, work and moments of rest, the experience of everyday life, days of celebration and ceremonies, but also delicate scenes of femininity. Portraits of plain sharecroppers, mountaineers of the Langhe heights, cloistered friars and nuns, newly-wed couples or brides ready for yes, waiters with their trays and workers reaching the city, young bodies of carefree women in nature. So much life in this selection of shots that well represent the essence of Pellegrino's poetics, which from the real becomes symbolic: to represent stories that are both realistic and fantastic, documentary and allegorical, spiritual and sometimes spiritual, to invite people to reflect on human life.
The exhibition was born from the success of the wide exhibition "Michele Pellegrino. A photographic parabola", organized in Cuneo last summer by Fondazione CRC and curated by Enzo Biffi Gentili, dedicated to the fifty years of Pellegrino's career. The initiative was made possible by the donation of the entire archive by the photographer to the Foundation within the Donare project, which since 2017 has collected and enhanced important collections and works by artists from the province of Cuneo.
The exhibition in Turin is accompanied by "Storie", a special monograph on the entire work of Pellegrino published by Skira for the Cuneo exhibition in 2018 and enriched with critical texts by Enzo Biffi Gentili and Walter Guadagnini.