ph. Wood factory © Alexander Rodchenko.
Foto/Industria is a biennal event on industrial photography, taking place in various locations in the heart of Bologna, with its exhibition program involving the city’s historical landmarks, palaces and residences of great artistic significance. In some cases opened only for Foto/Industria, these venues help make the Biennial a widespread event that gives the public the opportunity to explore new scenarios of photographic creation and at the same time discover a surprising and fascinating city.
The 2017 edition begins on 12 October and features 14 exhibitions to showcase the prospects and visions of the universe of production by well-known masters of photography, as well as younger talents. The Biennale is organized by Fondazione MAST Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia.
Among the artists, the event includes Alexander Rodchenko at the Fondazione cassa di Risparmio, with a series of orginals from Moscow’s Museum of Multimedia Arts, Josef Koudelka at the Civic Museum of Archaeology, Joan Fontcuberta at Palazzo Buoncompagni and Mimmo Jodice at Santa Maria della Vita. other photographers exposed in different locations are Lee Friedlander, Mitch Epstein, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Vincent Fournier, Mårten Lange, Yukichi Watabe, John Meyers e Michele Borzoni.
Two of the exhibitions are curated by Urs Stahel, responsible for exhibitions and for the photographic collection at the Fondazione MAST, and they are dedicated to the work of Thomas Ruff, at MAST location until 14 January 2018, and to the large format images by Carlo Valsecchi, at the Ex-ospedale dei Bastardini.
Next to the exhibitions, Foto/Industria also includes a rich programme of events such as guided tours with the artists, round tables and workshop discussions about contemporary photography, performances in theatres, laboratories for children, and other satellite activities.