Postmetropolis, a photography exhibition by Massimo Borchi opens at the SACI Gallery on November 7, 2017. Please join us for the opening reception at 6pm.
Today the “world…has become for many practical reasons a city” (Lewis Mumford, The City in History); “concerning ourselves with the city is therefore a way to devote ourselves to the riddles of the world and of our existence” (Lea Vergine, La città e l'immaginario).
Globalization is changing the world. Even the great metropoli are shifting. Complex phenomena of territorial reconversion are leading us toward the city of the 21st century, as yet to be defined and discovered.
In the complex reality of the megalopolis, the characteristics and contradictions of the contemporary city emerge with great force and drama, both in the negativity of its squalor and in the splendor of its buildings. For this reason, this project focuses on the megalopolis, fertile ground for a complete analysis.
The images on view show common signs and traces among cities located far from one another, touching on identical themes and contradictions, as if that which was covering the surface of the world was one undefined metropolis: a city without a name, Untitled, like many of the images in this series. “Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents” (Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities).
Massimo Borchi (Florence, b. 1962) studied architecture before becoming a professional photographer in 1987. In 1991 he founded the photographic agency Atlantide Phototravel. He works with major national and international travel magazines such as Geo Special, ADAC, Merian, New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Gente Viaggi, Bell’Europa, and Viaggi e Sapori, among others. Since 1995 he has been engaged in important photo book projects which have been printed in many countries. His latest personal projects focus mainly on big cities, which have always been his preferred subject matter. Learn more about Massimo Borchi.
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