Gangcity is Collateral Event of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, to be held from May 28 - 27 November 2016 entitled Reporting From the front , curated by Alejandro Aravena, Pritzker Prize 2016.
Gangcity is a research program that aims to document the urban cluster phenomenon subtracted from any form of control of legality in order to enable the re-appropriation processes and care of private and public living spaces.the program is coordinated by Fabio Armao , Professor of International Relations at the University of Turin at the DIST - Interuniversity Department of Science, Planning and Policies of Land - Polytechnic of Turin, University of Turin - and plans to bring together scholars and artists from around the world, interested in sharing a survey to define violent phenomena, little studied, and persistent in areas particularly fragile and difficult to access in big cities.
The gang phenomenon has worsened in recent years in relation to the progressive reduction of the burden associated with the welfare state and the privatization of many sectors in public management. Taking advantage of the growth of civil conflict and social inequalities, criminal groups engaged in actions "commercial" expansionist and transform entire urban areas in strategically important hubs for managing traffic in illicit goods and for the establishment of migratory groups with strong internal cohesion and a strong identity character.
The photography exhibit wants to narrate, through 80 selected shots, the dramatic relationship that exists between urban decay and civil decay. They are stories about places and of gangster matters that participate in one common business: corruption, violence, fatigue and pain between streets, neighborhoods and disorderly places at ethical and materialistic levels. They are authors of whom we recognize, each in different ways and beyond the testimonials and stories, the strength of a gaze that is born from a deep research work and by the participation to human Life. Authors who confirm with their work how photography could be an instrument to build a fairer society.
Vernissage: May 27th 2016, Thetis space
Photographic exhibit, May 28th – November 27th 2016, Spazio Thetis Artists: Letizia Battaglia, Francesco Cito, Donna De Cesare, Salvatore Esposito, Walter Leonardi, Valerio Polici.
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