Exhibition: 30 Sep 2021 – 16 Jan 2022
KBr Fundación MAPFRE Photography Centre
Avenida del Litoral 30
+34 93-2 71 31 80
Paolo Gasparini (Gorizia, Italy, 1934. He has lived in Venezuela since 1954) he is the photographer who has best portrayed the tensions and cultural contradictions of the South American continent. His images convey the harsh social reality faced by a region whose cultural authenticity is unquestionable and where past and tradition dialogue with a clumsy imposed modernity. Gasparini creates a work with a visual language of his own and in which he seems to manifest a critique of the consumer society, as well as a certain obsession with the way advertising seduces us.
The exhibition presented by Fundación MAPFRE takes a journey through the career of this artist, and focuses both on photographs and on another of his main means of expression: the photobook. Six decades of career presented as if it were a journey. It will be an itinerary through various American and European mutant cities. From these last constellations, stereotypical views are distorted: that first world, which in its fallacies of happiness leaves us empty, is presented to us intertwined with the visual overabundance of underdevelopment. In the exhibition tour we will see that concepts already mentioned, such as wealth and poverty, are distorted to be redefined.