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"Sguardi"

7.24x0.26 Pier Giuseppe Moroni Gallery, Milan, Italy

5 May 2022 - 5 September 2022 (ongoing)

Born from the meeting of two exponents of "the art of craftsmanship" the exhibition SGUARDI, precious as the vision of the thirty portraits of women selected for the exhibition, rare as the platinum- palladium printing on Torinoko Gampi, a monochromatic photographic process entirely handmade, in which the image acquires a tactility and a sense of depth unparalleled.

Pier Giuseppe Moroni, Wella Artistic Director, passionate about beauty, has been promoting since 2005 exhibitions and events on the artistic form of beauty - hosted in the "7.24x0.26 Pier Giuseppe Moroni Gallery" - and Max Cardelli, famous portrait photographer, has always placed the human face at the center of his research.

Max Cardelli, has signed the covers of the most important fashion magazines and his images have been presented in various exhibitions and publications. His professional path and his passion for photography have led him to embrace the whole process that takes care of the representation of the image, placing him among the most talented exponents of Italian Fine Art.

Max personally prints his monochromatic works in platinotype and the exhibition SGUARDI, made up only of female subjects, almost all close-ups to make the face the protagonist of the story, has as its common denominator the eyes of women, of all women, not only famous ones. Looks made even more intense and communicative by the photographic eye of Max Cardelli and also by the use of extremely thin Japanese paper (the Torinoko used is also called "egg skin" for its lightness and brightness), the result of a very long handmade treatment of the vegetable fibers, with a final effect of pearlescence, capable of giving each look a depth and an intense and unique language.

Images that give the eyes a three-dimensional dimension, triggering in the visitor that duality of who looks and is simultaneously observed, in a reciprocity of emotions and universal moods.

The exhibition is curated by Linda Zanolla.

 

"Sentieri"

Fine-Art Images Gallery, Palazzo Valfré, Torino, Italy

4 December 2021 - 30 January 2022

The project "sentieri" is a collection of landscapes, a storyline that the author seeks as a starting point to research, through roads that are symbol of a journey unknown to us. It is an adventure to be discovered, an opening to and from other worlds. 

These roads are the mirror of a reflection that revolves around an instant of amazement that the photographer collects in his intimate vision protected by inquisitive looks. 

These precious moments are softened and deepened by the artisanal Platinotypes on handmade Japanese paper (washi) of light weight (gampi fibers, 16 and 25 gms.) to extend the poetry of an inner reflection to the paper itself. The process (Platinotype) is entirely handmade. 

 

"Visage"

The Silk Factory Studio, Tbilisi, Georgia

7 June 2018 

On the occasion of the Italian National Day, the Embassy of Italy in Georgia held a photo exhibition with works by Max Cardelli. The National Day is connected to the concept of "Vivere all’Italiana".

Capturing the expression of someone's soul is very difficult, because that expression comes when one is alone, immersed in the endless reflection of when we are lost within ourselves: it is uncommon when we are in front of a camera, and rarely when the subject knows we are taking their picture. But sometimes it happens, and it's a minor miracle. The portraits in this project are the outcome of those rare but intense miracles. Because of this, they are portraits that are troubling in nature, as if they were absorbed in themselves, which concedes little to the photogenic nature of a postcardstyle landscape. In this case, the landscapes are the mirror of an intimate reflection, just as faces are the mirror of a reflective nature. The entire work revolves around this astonishing instant when faces and nature, people and landscapes, reveal what they conceal inside, almost always protected by the investigatory gazes of those who see them from afar. These precious moments are muted and examined in depth by artisanal platinotypes to extend the poetry of interior reflections.

 

"My face is your landscape"

TBC Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

7 - 11 May 2018

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Since 2002 is a recognized institution of photography that annually hosts exhibitions of world-renowned authors. Various aspects of photography as well as historical and contemporary positions are shown. Is the most important and prestigious photo contest in Georgia.

For the 18° edition of the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival the series “My face is your landscape” was exhibited at the Gallery TBC.

Capturing the expression of someone's soul is very difficult, because that expression comes when one is alone, immersed in the endless reflection of when we are lost within ourselves: it is uncommon when we are in front of a camera, and rarely when the subject knows we are taking their picture. But sometimes it happens, and it's a minor miracle. The portraits in this project are the outcome of those rare but intense miracles. Because of this, they are portraits that are troubling in nature, as if they were absorbed in themselves, which concedes little to the photogenic nature of a postcardstyle landscape. In this case, the landscapes are the mirror of an intimate reflection, just as faces are the mirror of a reflective nature. The entire work revolves around this astonishing instant when faces and nature, people and landscapes, reveal what they conceal inside, almost always protected by the investigatory gazes of those who see them from afar. These precious moments are muted and examined in depth by artisanal platinotypes to extend the poetry of interior reflections. 

 

"Blackout"

P46 - Contemporary photography Gallery, Camogli, Italy

03 December 2017 – 28 January 2018
 

Max Cardelli presents an exclusive solo exhibition at the P46 gallery – a selection of landscape photographs taken during his time as a photographer and exhibited in prestigious platinum-palladium prints, curated by the artist himself.

 

“Wonderwomen, Portraits 1996-2016”, solo exhibition and book presentation

Stamberga, Milan, Italy

8 -11 June 2017

Here there are no looks, faces, hands, bodies of women, there are women. Women who look you straight in the eye inviting reflection. Women who laugh, a few, but really laughing, as you almost never see in portraiture, in photography even less so. Women who emerge from the material of the book, in the alternation of certainty and amazement of their deep and undisputed feminine being, understood in the most ancient and noble meaning. Etymology points to two readings. If the Sanskrit origin prevails in offering one's milk to nourish others, the Latin origin also proposes being the bearer of life. In both cases, the meaning of the transformation of something within oneself to direct it outward emerges. Here, the women portrayed seem fully aware of this potentiality of theirs, intense, melancholy or mocking, present to themselves always. Few are the men who plumb the depths of the feminine who can perceive its complexity and then capture its echo. (Silvana Turzio)

 

"Wonderwomen - Portraits"

Cascina Cuccagna, Milan, Italy

1 - 4 December 2015

 

Max Cardelli's thirty photographic portraits dialogue with the seventeenth-century rooms of Cascina Cuccagna. Five rooms to contain a very long gaze, the gaze that is formed by a deep feeling, the result of a curious wandering about and surfacing to re-enter soon after, like an animal in the protective warmth of the den. One must be a balancing photographer to capture this presence without thawing it or inducing it into the game of seduction, so present instead in contemporary photographic portraiture. The gaze is the thread that draws a path of intense photographs, rarefied in form, perfect in chromatic harmony, resembling a series of religious icons, so much attention and care emerge from these magnetic portraits. Few images, bathed in an aura so strong that they occupy the space around them. A magical atmosphere that makes us discover Max Cardelli's long dedication to the inner universe of women absorbed in their astonished humanity. (Silvana Turzio)

 

Forma Luce

Horti Sallustiani, Rome, Italy

13 July 2014 - 

AltaRoma and Bulgari present the opening for the exhibition FORMA/LUCE at the Horti Sallustiani, Rome with images by Max Cardelli and poems by Aldo Nove.

The book presented during the opening of the exhibition realized for Bulgari, illustrates Isabella Ferrari between the waves of the sea of Sabaudia, an important place of the Italian Intelligentsia: from Moravia to Pasolini, from Bellocchio to Bertolucci. Parts of the proceeds will contribute to sustain Save the Children, organization that since 1919 promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

 

The Silence

Garage, Milan, Italy

16 -25 May 2014

Group exhibition of contemporary art promoted by Omeoart (a cultural association within Boiron Italia).

Francesca Bianucci, curator of art events, has invited more than 70 artists, including established masters and young talents from the international art scene, to offer their free and personal interpretation of the Health-Happiness binomial through the language of Art. 

 

"Havana - 50 years after the revolution"

5th Biennale of Ferrara, Castello Estense, Ferrara, Italy

18 - 24 January 2011

A world premiere at the Imbarcadero Hall of the Estense Castle features 25 large original images fruit of the reportage of four trips to Cuba. 

The book with the complete collection of the slowly but steadily evolving snapshots, seen with an unobtrusive eye ready to capture the changes in lifestyle fifty years after the Castro revolution, was presented for the occasion.

Photographs as "interpretations of moods," stolen by a small rangefinder camera to "remark the uniqueness of the point of view on the subject seen from afar, as from a window."

The photos return Havana "suspended in limbo, between expectation and resignation," during the 50th celebrations of the Cuban revolution. Curated by Vincenzo Cignarale.