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Cinecittà

By 11. 10. 2018 May 12th, 2019 No Comments

Igor Andjelić
Cinecittà

23.10.2018 – 28.11.2018
20.00

Igor Andjelić is a visual artist, graphic designer and photographer, who is an indispensable part of Ljubljana’s cultural scene. He is an integral part of his home town, and the key co-founder of some of Ljubljana’s culture spaces – Galerija ŠKUC, Klub K4, Salon Minimal amongst them. Most recently, he [

Igor Andjelić
Cinecittà

Igor Andjelić is a visual artist, graphic designer and photographer, who is an indispensable part of Ljubljana’s cultural scene. He is an integral part of his home town, and the key co-founder of some of Ljubljana’s culture spaces – Galerija ŠKUC, Klub K4, Salon Minimal amongst them. Most recently, he proved his devotion to the city in an exhibition Ljubljɐna. Through his photographic narratives he weaves a vibrant tapestry of his hometown, which comes to life only through its inhabitants. And it is this topic of showing authentic people, their everyday lives and sincere interactions between them that links Andjelić to Italian neorealism – a period in Western art history most notable for focussing on the common man.

A closer examination of Andjelić’s past projects speaks volumes of the fact that neorealism is a constant source of inspiration, through film, photography and architecture alike. In his photographic series Casa Come Me, he drew inspiration from Malaparte’s famous home, the architectural masterpiece of Capri island, which is recognized as one of the greatest triumphs of Italian functionalism. With its minimalistic design and an enigmatic past, it has stirred inspiration in artists ranging from Jean Luc Godard to Karl Lagerfeld. Andjelić has dedicated his recent series Happy End / Bicycless to Vittorio De Sica and his masterpiece Bicycle Thieves. He intervenes in famous stills from the film – in one, he takes away the image of the bicycle, in the other, of the bicycle thief. But it is the newest series of moving images, entitled Cinecittà, which perhaps most wholly encompasses the author’s commitment to this fascinating era of Italian creativity.

Neorealism reached the summit in film and photography in the 1950s. The movement broke off with the previous era of cinematic »realism«, by shifting the focus to genuine people, their everyday lives and their experience of post-war society. Film, whose main function in the early years of the Cinecittà studios was the idealisation and affirmation of Mussolini’s fascist regime, took on a different stance after Italy’s capitulation in 1943. In 1946, when Roberto Rosselini’s Roma, Città Aperta won the grand prix at the film festival in Cannes, Italian neorealism has secured itself a place in popular film culture and art history in general. Directors such as Rosselini, Visconti and De Sica tackled, without embellishments, the difficult topic of post-war crisis and the suffering of the Italian people in a time when unemployment rate was the highest in history. [1]

Igor Andjelić

Igor Andjelić is a visual artist, graphic designer and photographer, who is an indispensable part of Ljubljana’s cultural scene. He is an integral part of his home town, and the key co-founder of some of Ljubljana’s culture spaces – Galerija ŠKUC, Klub K4, Salon Minimal amongst them. Most recently, he proved his devotion to the city in an exhibition Ljubljɐna. Through his photographic narratives he weaves a vibrant tapestry of his hometown, which comes to life only through its inhabitants. And it is this topic of showing authentic people, their everyday lives and sincere interactions between them that links Andjelić to Italian neorealism – a period in Western art history most notable for focussing on the common man.

 

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