29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery at Photo London 2019 | 16 – 19 May 2019 | Somerset House, London.
29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery is pleased to exhibit again at Photo London 2019 and will present “Movement as Muse”, a thematic group show focused on the art of dance photography featuring work by Gian Paolo Barbieri, Greg Gorman, Silvia Lelli and Rankin.
This work is not a dramatic blending of living organisms, neither is it about rendering ghostly or abstract the human form. No aggressively futuristic fusion or realist superimposition of the object is to be found here. «What is being invoked», Pelloso writes, «are the notes of an ecstatic movement».
The photography of Gian Paolo Barbieri emphasizes the idea of movement as a heartbeat and life force. As a free moment of inspiration. The artist’s research is connected with documenting the balance and interplay of shapes with a delicate humanity. The magic lies in the life that races before us and in the beauty that unfolds before our eyes. One of the principal highlights of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery presentation at Photo London 2019 will be Gian Paolo Barbieri and vintage work from his Rudolf Nureyev’s series dated 1969, along with unique pieces that pay tribute to Nijinsky performed by dancer Maximiliano Guerra.
For Silvia Lelli the art of each composition is like a breathing out, a letting go, a release. The art is in capturing a dance step before it slips away. For Lelli the photographic act is a kind of exorcism, of the incomprehensible and the elusive. Her images give the viewer the sensation of having caught the uncatchable, giving these moments physical form.
On display a selection of unseen vintage works from three different series: some emblematic shots of Rudolf Nureyev at the height of his career (from 1979 to 1981) along with an unprecedented Pina Bausch (1982-83), and an ongoing project entitled ‘Inside Dance, Beyond Dance’ (Danza Dentro, Danza Oltre), a narrative work from 1995 to 2014 that perfectly enhances Lelli’s personal artistic research on avant-garde theatre and dance.
Power. Control. Form. The irrepressible exaltation of athletic movement and artistic gesture are brought together in a perfect synthesis, a suspended action that goes beyond the mere depiction of a moment in time.
Greg Gorman’s images are acts of display and synthesis. They cohabit in a frozen explosion of strength and rhythm, force and lightness. Here on display, among the others, are ‘The Atherton twins’, a series of five works portraying trust, focus and confidence between two brothers and gymnasts.
29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery is proud to present the work by Rankin, one of the world’s leading photographers. In his ‘Ten Times Rosie’ series, Rankin catches the most graceful side of movement, where references to the circus and porcelain dolls create a suspended and timeless atmosphere, featuring supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
PHOTO LONDON 2019
16 – 19 May 2019
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Guest Curator: Giovanni Pelloso
Credits: © Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery