”Mimmo Jodice: Open City/Open Work” at Vistamarestudio, Milan
“I am not someone who takes photographs; I am someone who looks.”
Vistamarestudio is pleased to present “Mimmo Jodice: Open City/Open Work”, curated by Douglas Fogle, the first exhibition at the gallery in Milano, that makes a direct link between Jodice’s earliest experiments with photography in the mid 1960s and his first foray into his native Napoli.
‘Mimmo Jodice produces things that we commonly call photographs. But is he a photographer? Perhaps we can better think of him as a seer who happens to use a camera in his exploration of the world. Jodice has spent the better part of the past six decades using his camera to see the world from a number of diverse perspectives. His earliest forays into the medium in the mid-1960s display a subversive fascination with the material qualities of photography – the almost alchemical properties of photographic paper, developing chemicals, enlargers and the other acoutrements of the photographers dark room.
Indeed, his first images are nothing short of experiments with these properties in an attempt to create what Umberto Eco described in 1962 as “open works” rather than any kind of orthodox and fixed documentary reproduction of the world. Their openness in both their form and content renders them available to multiple interpretations but also to an experimental poetics that is both avant garde and strangely human. Mimmo Jodice: Open City/Open Work makes a direct link between Jodice’s earliest experiments with photography – his torn and recombined architectural landscapes for example – and his first foray into “seeing” his native Napoli in his series The Theatricality of EverydayLife in Naples which he undertook in the early 1970s.
These images of Naples veer toward the anthropological – photographs of rituals, festivals, mental institutions, factories, etc. – before changing course and opening into a poetics of architectonic forms and the people who inhabit them. Form and content entwine and fold together in these works as Jodice sees the city as a living, breathing organism but also as a structure full of angles, diverse materials and a visual poetics of everyday life.’
At Vistamarestudio, Milano
until November 2019