Since the dawn of time, the visual representation of the world has benefited from the use of machines, that assisted in the landscape representation. The shiny machine, the darkroom and the photography are processes of the gaze, that open fields of investigation on reality through the framing and displacement of what is represented in it. They broaden our way of seeing and evaluating our surroundings, often surprising us with meanings that we could not have imagined otherwise.
/ Luigi Ghirri, l’île-rousse, 1976, Bibliothèque Nationale de France © eredi Luigi Ghirri
The landscape in Pierluigi Ghirri’s vision has lost the boundary between worlds: the fiction of advertising, the hyperrealism of a village rebuilt in a miniature or the existential blur of seasonal places. In the seventies, Ghirri made a revelation on commonplaces and postcard stereotypes. His photographs suspend in an indefinable time evanescent landscapes of everyday life, making them seductive and languid. The result is a poetic dimension of that hidden time lived by all with the weight of lightness.