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Industry, now

From: 14/05/2015 - To: 6/09/2015

MAST. Gallery - Via Speranza, 42 - Bologna

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Date of last update: 07/09/2015, 08:54


MAST. Gallery
 14 May - 6 September 2015


At MAST the images of contemporary industry as captured in the photos of twenty-four modern artists and photographers, offering a reflection on the representation of the industrial landscape. Conceived by Urs Stahel - the curator of MAST’s industrial photography collection, the exhibition "Industry, Now. Contemporary photographs from the MAST collection" (14 May-6 September) features works by artists who, following the loss of incisiveness associated with the classic industrial photography of the 1960s and 70s, are now interested in production processes and their links with society, exploring the balance of power and the influence of industry on human beings and on nature.
In his seven-metre-long photograph of a Ferrari production hall, for example, Olivo Barbieri illustrates how the halls are now bright white and decorated with large green "house plants", but also how void of human presence they have become. Henrik Spohler and Vincent Fournier lead us through an increasingly invisible world of data and production in which only signs can help us to orientate ourselves. Carlo Valsecchi photographs contemporary production sites as autonomous sculptures of a "science and industrial fiction". Trevor Paglen would appear to have dedicated himself to purely celestial photography, were it not for the many white stripes that indicate satellite orbits and high-tech military surveillance. In his photographic work entitled "Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2", Thomas Struth describes high-tech research at the Max Planck Institute. Vera Lutter, on the other hand, continues to dedicate herself to the severity and the power of industrial plants in her dark pinhole-camera images, while Miyako Ishiuchi documents the centuries-old production of silk in Japan from a modern perspective.
Even in post-modern, post-industrial, high-tech times, the ownership and use of the means of production and know-how create different social inequalities. Jacqueline Hassink, Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue deal with these social and societal issues and differences, while Ad van Denderen and Jim Goldberg counter the empty, white factories with slow, colourful flows of migration. Ed Burtynsky shows where and how large transport ships are recycled, while the photography of Sebastião Salgado reminds us that as well as robot production sites, there are still areas in the world where work is highly labour-intensive.
Here is the complete list of exhibiting photographers: Olivo Barbieri - Edward Burtynsky - Ariel Caine - Stephane Couturier - Ad van Denderen - Mitch Epstein - Simon Faithfull - Vincent Fournier - Peter Fraser - Jim Goldberg - Brian Griffin - Jacqueline Hassink - Miyako Ishiuchi - Richard Learoyd - Vera Lutter - Trevor Paglen - Sebastião Salgado - Allan Sekula - Bruno Serralongue - Henrik Spohler - Thomas Struth - Hiroshi Sugimoto - Carlo Valsecchi - Massimo Vitali.

Exhibition side events:

  • the screening of “...Stromness...” (duration 12’), made in 2005 by Simon Faithfull, which describes the now abandoned whaling station on the northern coast of South Georgia island, reached by the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1917;
  • the screening of "The Forgotten Space" (duration 112’) the docufilm by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch about container shipping – an often obsolete system and a source of serious damage to the planet - which won the Special Orizzonti Jury Award at the Venice Biennale in 2010.

Further information and updates on www.mast.org

  • From: 14/05/2015
  • To: 6/09/2015

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 7pm.
Thursday, May 14 special opening 5pm - 9pm

Side event: “...Stromness...” (duration 12’) film- loop; “Forgotten space”  (duration112’) Screenings Tuesday- Saturday, 15.00 + 17.00; Sunday, 11.30 + 15.00 + 17.00.
Thursday 14 May screening 18.30