Curated by: Walter Guadagnini, Walter Guadagnini, Giangavino Pazzola
On 29 July 2021, in the main rooms of CAMERA, Walter Niedermayr opens to the public. Transformations, personal exhibition by Walter Niedermayr (Bolzano, 1952) who, through focus on a body of works created in the last ten years of his career, explores the theme of changes in space. Curated by Walter Guadagnini, with the collaboration of Claudio Composti and Giangavino Pazzola, the exhibition itinerary includes the last twenty years of artistic research by one of the most important contemporary Italian photographers. Through the recurring themes of his work such as alpine landscapes, architecture and the relationship between public space and private space, the author's interest in the investigation of places is highlighted not only from a geographical point of view, but also from the social one. Although in continuity with the legacy of the Italian photographic tradition that sees the landscape as the primary interpretative key of society, Niedermayr's visual research is relevant for his ability to reread this topic and renew it both from a conceptual and formal point of view. For the South Tyrolean photographer, in fact, today physical space cannot be approached with an exclusive documentary intention, but appears as the pivot of a transformative relationship between ecology, architecture and society. In some works of the Alpine Landschaften series (Alpine Landscapes), for example, the presence of man in the representation of landscape is interpreted as a parameter for measuring the proportions of Alpine landscapes, and at the same time as a political yardstick for his intervention in the metamorphosis of natural balances. A speech that is also emphasized in works such as Portraits (Portraits), where the snow cannons taken up during the summer season - therefore inactive - become ambiguous presences that inhabit the landscape. With about fifty large-format works, often presented in the formula of the diptych and triptych and characterized by low contrast and neutral tones, the exhibition tells us about a simultaneity of human and non-human activities, which coexist and find an unstable balance in constant change, as evidenced by the Raumfolgen series (Spaces With / Sequences). Two unpublished diptychs made following a commission that allowed Niedermayr to shoot, at the beginning of the year, at the construction site of Palazzo Turinetti in Turin, which will become the fourth headquarters of the Intesa Sanpaolo Galleries of Italy, are also on display. Opening in early 2022, the museum will be mainly dedicated to photography and video art. The presence of these images recounts the collaboration between CAMERA and Intesa Sanpaolo - Founding Member and Institutional Partner of CAMERA - through which the exhibition Nel mirino was created in 2019. Italy and the world in the Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive 1939-1981. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Silvana Editoriale. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Ncontemporary gallery in Milan and with the support of Ediltecno Restauri, Building S.p.a., Sipal S.p.a, Pro-Tec Milano, GAe Engineering and BMS Progetti.