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Rome seen by Gianni Berengo Gardin

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A solo exhibition on the Capital, captured by the lens of Gianni Berengo Gardin, is now being held at Casale di Santa Maria Nova in Rome. Seventy-five pictures showing the evolution and contradictions of the timeless City from the second post-war period to the present day.

The centuries-old charm of the timeless City captured by the lens of Gianni Berengo Gardin, one of the main contemporary photographers, is protagonist of an exhibition now hosted at Casale di Santa Maria Nova, one of the most prestigious archaeological sites of the Appian Way in Rome (Via Appia Antica, 251). Born in Liguria and of Venetian origin, Berengo Gardin has known Rome since his childhood, in the years of the German occupation and the Liberation, when he lived in Celio neighbourhood. At the end of 1950s, for the weekly newspaper Il Mondo he carried out various reportages that caught the mood of the city through its places and inhabitants.

The exhibition “Gianni Berengo Gardin Roma”, through a selection of 75 photos, some of which are unpublished and taken over a period of time going from the second post-war to the present day, offers a fascinating fresco of the evolution and contradictions of the city. Poetry and beauty, strength and violence, historical architecture and transformation of the city’s outskirts, find a synthesis in an emotionally rich photographic storytelling. Main subjects of the photos are monuments, squares, fountains, churches, the Tiber, but also and especially the people, the Romans who with their colourful gestures and faces make the character of the City unmistakably unique. Curated by Giuliano Sergio, the exhibition will be open until 12th January 2020.

Above: Roma by Gianni Berengo Gardin