Satoshi Fujiwara: EU
Exhibition, Osservatorio – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy.
EU is an anthological exhibition by Japanese photographer Satoshi Fujiwara that includes some of the most significant works by the artist.
These work include 5K Confinement, a commission realised at the Fondazione Prada last year for an experimental media research project on image production. Fujiwara’s work provokes a pressing and critical reflection on the gaze by diverting from the standard focal length. A new lexicon emerges about the portrayal of subjects and the heterogeneous definition of photography, drawing attention to the construction involved in photojournalism and documentaries. The assembled images aim to eliminate any linear narrative context. Portions of worn-out cameras and different manifestations of human presence and surveillance all converge.
Curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini, the exhibition offers an alternative to the representational regimes that have set the current 'European photographic identity'. Says Cippini:
“Contemporary photographic production seems to be regulated by strict resolution, impact and distribution standards. An increasing number of freelance reporters daily document social and political events within and on the edges of the European Union, producing images that, although free from any rigid classification standards, seem to be nonetheless subject to specific aesthetic, accessibility, spatial and content regimes. Such constraints allow and support the work of new generations of photographers, increasing the possibilities for their photos to be published yet contributing to the standardisation of an average, neutral taste.”
Osservatorio is a new exhibition space dedicated to photography and visual languages, located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. At a time when photography has become part of the global flow of digital communications, through Osservatorio’s activities, Fondazione Prada will question the cultural and social implications of current photographic production and its reception. Fondazione is thus extending the range of tools and approaches through which it interprets and interacts with present times.