post-title Francesco Jodice | Nobody Told Me | Podbielski Contemporary | 28.04.-01.07.2017

Francesco Jodice | Nobody Told Me | Podbielski Contemporary | 28.04.-01.07.2017

Francesco Jodice | Nobody Told Me | Podbielski Contemporary | 28.04.-01.07.2017

Francesco Jodice | Nobody Told Me | Podbielski Contemporary | 28.04.-01.07.2017

until 01.07. | #1260ARTatBerlin | Podbielski Contemporary shows from 28th April 2017 „Nobody Told Me”, the second solo exhibition by the artist Francesco Jodice.

Francesco Jodice lives in Milan, where he is Professor for Urban Visual Anthropology at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) and teaches photography at the Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia. His works have been shown at documenta11, the Venice Biennale, the Bienal de Sao Paulo, the Tate Modern, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and Castello di Rivoli, among others. Francesco Jodice – Panorama is jointly curated by Thomas Seelig and Francesco Zanot and organised in cooperation with CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin. The exhibition is supported by Monterosa Group and Walter Haefner Foundation. A richly illustrated catalogue published by Spector Books accompanies the exhibition, showing the creative visual universe of Francesco Jodice in ist totality. Conceived as a deconstructed anthology, the catalogue draws exciting connections between the fields of art, politics, philosophy, anthropology, urban planning, and geography.

Sunset Boulevard, 2014 – Ongoing
Sunset Boulevard is an observation platform on the last great Western empire.
Here, vicissitudes and postulates of American history, from the gold rush to the recent financial catastrophe, are scrutinised. The 49ers and white-collar workers are the main protagonists of the opening and closing phases of this parable, featuring an endless series of characters who help to tell of its splendours and aberrations, from the cowboys to the Indians, from rock stars to actors, via explorers, gangsters, bodybuilders, intellectuals, artists, presidents and astronauts.

The American West, from the Pacific coast to the deserts, is the main stage of this investigation. Francesco Jodice crosses it and photographs it, rediscovering the traces of a majestic geological antiquity (the Western Plateau was the first tectonic plate to emerge on the planet) and those of recent colonisation (Hollywood, NASA, Westerns, Blade Runner, militarisation, nuclear testing…), the spectre of some of the harshest conditions of the contemporary world.

His works are also interspersed with a series of images selected from among his past imagery, indexed as artefacts of an era which has all but come to an end. Archaeology of the present which is already past. And a collection of writings holding the keys to this transition. All this is Sunset Boulevard: a journey to the end of the heroic saga of liberalism; a handbook for the reading and understanding of the American ‘long century’; and a gaze cast forward towards the post-Fordist and post-Western era.

The exhibition is under the patronage of Italian Cultural Institute Berlin.

Vernissage: Thursday, April 27th 2017,  7 to 9 p.m.

Finissage: Friday, 30th June 2017, 7 p.m.

Exhibition period: Friday, April 28th to Saturday, 1st July 2017

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Image caption: Francesco Jodice, Sunset Boulevard, Monument Valley, #016, 2015

Exhibitions Berlin Galleries: Francesco Jodice – Nobody Told Me – Podbielski Contemporary | ART at Berlin


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