Basilico before Basilico: Travel diaries 1969, 1970, 1971_Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
Basilico before Basilico: travel diaries, 1969, 1970, 1971
curated by Giovanna Calvenzi
7 November – 23 December 2017
Gallery Anne Barrault is very pleased to present an exceptional exhibition of Gabriele Basilico, with a set of photographs never shown in France. For this exhibition, Giovanna Calvenzi has gathered the photographs of three fundamental journeys for the artist,then 25 years old.
In 1969, Gabriele Basilico, an architecture student, travels through Scotland.
And he is still a student when he visits Iran in 1970, then Morocco in 1971. He has not yet made a choice between architecture and photography, two fields that fascinate him.
So, along three summer trips with his friends, he takes photographs as an amateur, though in different ways, according to the situations.
In Glasgow, he only makes about thirty images, which reflect his budding interest in urban landscape, but mainly his knowledge of committed photography and of Bill Brandt’s lesson.
In Iran, he relates the magic scenery he drives through during his long journey from Italy to Persepolis. But he also shows people, mosques, markets, pieces of architecture, having in mind the possibility of selling his images to a magazine.