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Bologna: FOTO/INDUSTRIA 2019. Technosphere: Humankind and the Built Environment


FOTO/INDUSTRIA 2019, promoted and organised by the MAST Foundation, is focusing on the theme of the built environment and it’s featuring ten exhibitions in amazing venues around the city centre of Bologna plus one at MAST. Thanks to the works by well known names in the history of photography, like as André Kertész, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Luigi Ghirri and Lisetta Carmi as well as the ones by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, Armin Linke, David Claerbout, Matthieu Gafsou, Stephanie Syjuco, Delio Jasse and Yosuke Bandai, the central issue of this fourth Biennale of Photography on Industry and Work is explored from a number of different perspectives. Indeed, the issue of the built environment is intimately connected with the nature of the human species, and the authors investigated it from its historic and philosophical roots to its scientific implications, documenting the human activities that gave rise to the “technosphere” on the Earth. The term “technosphere” – as Peter Haff, professor of geology and civil engineering at Duke University, called it in 2013 – refers to all kind of structures...

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