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Best Of 2018 – Paolo Ventura, Racconti Immaginari at Armani/Silos


More than a hundred of immersive and surreal stories and photos by Paolo Ventura, collected in Racconti Immaginari/Imaginary Tales, are on stage at Armani/Silos in Milan.. Ventura adopts unusual pictorial perspectives suggesting enigmatic worlds beyond reality and an unconventional chromatic palette that pair nicely with the refined spaces of the Armani/Silos and the new look of the area displaying themes and fashion creations by Giorgio Armani. Giorgio Armani, attracted by this unusual dimension of reality, says he has been “fascinated by the narrative power of Ventura’s works and by his ability to transform evocative, imaginary landscapes into photographs”. The Eye of Photography interviews Paolo Ventura on his work. What are the influence of stories on your work? Images are stories. Including the tales my father told me. Since he used to be a children’s books illustrator, his stories were fascinating and engaging. I adapted one of them for The Automaton series, that takes place during the 1943 evacuation of the Venice ghetto, when an automaton created by an old watchmaker, at some point shows an almost human-like behaviour. Venice is...

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