Photographer Cesare Fabbri, Publisher Michael Mack and Professor Marina Spunta on the influences of Italian Photography Masters.
On Monday 20th of March we will host Cesare Fabbri presenting his first publication "The Flying Carpet" printed by the well-known British publisher MACK. Marina Spunta Associate Professor at Leicester University will chair a conversation with Michael Mack and Cesare Fabbri on the influences of Italian Photography Masters in the current photography scene.
With his own publishing house MACK has produced some of the most successful and important titles of the past decade within the art and photography world. Among MACK’s prosperous production a strong interest for Italian authors have found his own space, dedicating an increasing attention towards the work of Luigi Ghirri and Guido Guidi. Between 2016 and these first months of 2017 MACK published the first fully translated collection of essays by Luigi Ghirri (The Complete Essays 1973-1992) and the first titles of two emerging Italian authors, Cesare Fabbri with "The Flying Carpet" and Alessandro Laita and Chiaralice Rizzi, winners of the Lewis Baltz foundation prize with "Live in the house and it will not fall down".
The Flying Carpet is an enchanting collection of colour and black-and-white photographs taken in and around Cesare Fabbri’s native Emilia-Romagna and Sardinia between 2005–2015. Under Fabbri’s lens we encounter a silent world roused from its slumber, where objects are animated and personified. Fabbri nods to the photographic practice of Luigi Ghirri, bringing to mind the Italian master’s words: "the camera is a magical toy capable of bringing together the great and the small, illusion and reality, our adult awareness and the fairy-tale world of childhood." Indeed, in The Flying Carpet, we encounter scenes that might derive from comics – a rural hut with painted questioning eyes, a plant uprooted and hovering mid-air, and an embroidered carpet lifting up in the breeze.
Michael Mack is the founder of MACK, a leading art and photography book publisher. Before founding MACK he was Managing Director at Steidl for 17 years, where he established the SteidlMACK imprint. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Plymouth for his contribution to art publishing.
Cesare Fabbri was born in Ravenna in 1971. He studied photography and urban planning at the IUAV in Venice. In 2007 he took part in the Stuttgart Biennale of Photography and Architecture and was shortlisted for the prize Atlante Italiano 007 organised by Museo MAXXI, Roma. With Silvia Loddo he founded in 2009 osservatorio fotografico, an experimental platform for research on photography. This is his first book.
Marina Spunta is Associate Professor of Italian at the School of Arts, University of Leicester. Her research areas include:
contemporary Italian literature; photography; cinema; space, place and landscape studies; orality and vocality. She has published various essays and two monographs: Voicing the Word: Writing Orality in Contemporary Italian Fiction (2004) and Claudio Piersanti (2009). She has coedited the following volumes: Proteus – The language of metamorphosis (2005), Oral and written in contemporary Italian culture (2006) and Letteratura come fantasticazione. In conversazione con Gianni Celati (2009). She was the primary investigator of the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust-funded research project Viewing and writing Italian landscape. Luigi Ghirri and his legacy in photography and literature (2013-2015), and is currently coediting the volume Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (forthcoming).