Luigi Ghirri - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Documenta, Torino

  • Literature

    L. Ghirri et al., Luigi Ghirri: Paesaggio italiano, Milan: Electra, 1989, p. 85
    L. Ghirri et al., Luigi Ghirri: Vista con camera: 200 Fotografie in Emilia Romagna, Milan: F. Motta, 1992, p. 30
    M. Mussini, Luigi Ghirri, Milan: F. Motta, 2001, p. 231
    G. Ania & A. Hallamore Caesar, Trends in Contemporary Italian Narrative 1980-2007, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, p. 64
    L. Ghirri et al., Luigi Ghirri: Pensare per immagini, Milan: Electa, 2013, p. 349

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Reality is being transformed into a colossal photograph and the photomontage already exists: it’s called the real world.’

    Luigi Ghirri

    Here, we see a pared-down room in a house outside of Modena, a region where Ghirri grew up and later spent time prowling antique stalls for props and taking photographs. The mysterious image invites the viewer to look for visual clues, peak further into the bedroom, observe the globe stopped on North America or read the large envelopes beside it.

    Surveyor and cartographer turned photographer, Luigi Ghirri was a pivotal figure in the rise of colour photography in Europe in the 1970s. Fascinated by the tensions existing between the real world and its representations, Ghirri incorporated reproductions of reality – postcards, signs, posters and maps – in his work and played with mise-en-abyme, perspective, scale and superimposition of images to create a visual cartography of everyday life. Ghirri had his first retrospective outside of his native Italy at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2019), and his first major UK exhibition will be at the Hayward Gallery, London (early 2021).


Masone, Casa Benati

Chromogenic print.
36.1 x 44.8 cm (14 1/4 x 15 7/8 in.)
Dated and annotated ‘Reggio E’ in pencil in the margin. Certifcate of Authenticity from Adele Ghirri accompanying the work.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,750

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London Auction 25 September 2020