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NABA is glad to present the photo exhibition “ARCHIVIO” curated by Luca Andreoni and Francesco Zanot, taking place from October 20th to November 5th in Milan, within Sala Conferenze Bertarelli – of the Photographic Archive of the Castello Sforzesco, opening on October 19th at 6 pm.

ARCHIVIO is a collection of works by the students of NABA Academic Master in Photography and Visual Design, created on the occasion of the collaboration with Civic Photographic Archive of Milan.  The project is the result of a research path that involved the students, guided by lecturers Luca Andreoni and Francesco Zanot, Course Advisor Leader of the same Master, and Silvia Paoli, Conservator of the Archive – in the consultation and study of many different photographic records of the Civic Photographic Archive. The 14 projects represent a reinterpretation of archive materials to question photography as a tool capable of documenting and reinventing reality at the same time, activating new meanings and unprecedented interpretations. After the experiments of the historical avant-gardes and the reflection of conceptual art, the artistic practices concerning the theme of the archive are today very consolidated and current: we are in an era in which the processes of reuse, contamination, recovery and re-crossing archives have become habitual not only in the visual arts, but also in other sectors, such as the practice of resampling in music production or the Internet, a sort of hyper-archive as well as a space for connections.

In the modern times, also due to the development of the culture of conservation, huge collections of materials have been established. At a time when language is filled with the prefixes 'post-' and 'meta-', it seems natural that these gigantic deposits of knowledge become of interest for artists not only for their intrinsic qualities, but also for the possibilities they offer in terms of recovery, revitalisation and, literally, recycling. The work on the archive is part of a kind of ecological dynamic: instead of contributing to the proliferation of new images within a universe that is constantly invaded by them, the pre-existing ones are selected, with the difficulty and the responsibility, of finding a balance between old and new.

The exhibition showcases the works by the students Claudia Accardo, Paulina Czyzewska, Gabriele Di Virgilio, Fiammetta Duke, Michela Gallesio, Maria Jose Gonzales Ares, Peempon Jantawanumas, Dmitrii Korablev, Nanfeng Li, Vincenzo Miranda, Matteo Razzano, Manlin Shen, Martina Talone, Yulin Zhang.

ARCHIVIO
Sala conferenze Bertarelli - Photographic Archive of the Castello Sforzesco, Milan
Opening October 19th at 6 pm
Exhibition from October 20th to November 5th from 10 am to 3 pm, from Monday to friday
Free access until full capacity is reached
Access allowed only to those presenting a Green Pass