In light of the great success of the Chromantic Call, we have decided to involve an important Italian art critic in the project: Sandro Parmiggiani, who will collaborate in the creation of the photographic volume. We are truly honored!
Parmiggiani, who is also curator, author of exhibit’s presentations and writer for newspapers and magazines, will join us as a consultant in the curatorial phase and will enrich the volume with a critical text. Parmiggiani will also be among the guests of honor at Trieste Photo Days festival, at the end of October 2020, and will held a talk during the opening of the Chromantic exhibition, where we will also present the book. There will also be Alex Webb himself, the artist we dedicated Chromantic.
The Chromantic Open Call ended on March 1st, collecting over 4,100 photos and 210 portfolios. Authors pre-selections have just ended, and we are currently choosing the photos and the portfolios that will officially become part of the project. We will shortly announce the names of the selected photographers! In the meantime, we can anticipate that the volume and the exhibition will be very full-bodied: we estimate more than 120 photos on display and a 500+ pages book.
Born in Bibbiano (Reggio Emilia, Italy) in 1946, he studied in Italy and the USA. Art critic and historian, writer for newspapers and magazines (including “Il Giornale dell’Arte”), and author of various presentation texts (monographic and group), essays in volumes and catalogues – over 250 titles -, and curator of reasoned catalogs of the pictorial and graphic work of various artists. From the opening, in 1997, to 2010, was curator of the exhibition activities of Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia. Among the exhibitions he curated directly in the Reggio Emilia exhibition space, in addition to those dedicated to important painters and sculptors, and collections of graphic works, artist books and photographs, particular attention was paid to the photographic image: André Kertesz, Eugene Smith, Luigi Ghirri, Arnold Newman, Memoria dei campi, Tibet perduto (“Memory of the Fields, Tibet Lost”) by Fosco Maraini, Route 66 by Franco Fontana, Edward ‘Sheriff’ Curtis, Li Zhensheng, the anthologies by Stanislao Farri, by Vasco Ascolini, by Gérard Castello-Lopes, Francisco Infante, James Natchwey, Werner Bischof, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Francesco Zizola, Michael Kenna, the exhibitions of Mario De Biasi and Carla Cerati, the great exhibition volto della follia. Cent’anni di immagini del dolore (“The face of madness. One hundred years of images of pain”). After 2010 he curated exhibitions for European Photography, in Reggio Emilia, dedicated to Franco Fontana, Michael Kenna, Ferdinando Scianna, Stanislao Farri, Nino Best, Carla Cerati, and in 2012 he curated the anthological exhibition and the catalog for Palazzo Magnani by Don McCullin. In recent years he has curated various exhibitions in public institutions and private Italian and foreign galleries, dedicated to painters, sculptors and photographers.
For the past fifteen years, he has been a professor of Contemporary art management systems in the Master of Science in Management of Artistic and Cultural Heritage at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan.