More than eleven thousand photo-blocks, 264 hours of staking out and 15.963 individuals immortalised. The numbers of the exhibition “Rivus Altus”, inaugurated yesterday and open until November 27 at the Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center, speak about the desire to revitalize the Rialto Bridge – by releasing it from the enclosure of the “perfect postcard” – by the photographer and Milanese architect Massimiliano Farina.
Sponsored by the Municipality of Venice and the University Iuav, the powerful and dynamic instrument to reach this goal is a complex installation, structured on the levels of the photographed image, of sculpture of and sound.
“Rivus Altus” consists in the commemoration of two perspectives linked to the Rialto Bridge. On the far end of the room a 7-meter-wide panel consisting of 78 boxes, each one corresponding to a photograph goes to reconstruct as a giant mosaic what is the classic view of the Grand Canal as seen from the top of the structure; instead throughout the whole room, there are the portraits of the passerbys who were immortalized day by day while precisely stopping to admire the extraordinary vision.
Two sculptures of Giacometti belonging to the The Boga Foundation Collection and the background sound of voices, bells and boats in movement recorded precisely on the field, help to drop the visitor of the exhibition on the top of the crowded bridge and in front of the view of the Grand Canal.
A project strongly focused on the involvement of the observer, who will also take part actively in the exhibition: each box on the panel is in fact filled with 100 images representing the same point in different chronological moments, and each visitor will be able to remove and keep for themselves the photograph thereby letting the picture underneath emerge.
“As the shots will be removed from the visitors the panorama will change in detail, but retain its essence – explains the artist. Included in the last photos are also those of my marriage: in February 2015 the perfect opportunity to conclude the project was to marry my wife right in front of the Rialto Bridge, in the splendid seat of the Municipality of Venice”.Flavio Lapiccirella on “La Nuova di Venezia"