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Past Exhibition

Andante: An Exhibition by Alex Majoli in Ravenna, Italy

A new exhibition charts the work of Alex Majoli from 1985 to 2018, exploring his fascination with the human soul and the most obscure elements of society

Alex Majoli

Alex Majoli Mohammed Mahmud is one of the main streets leading to Tahrir Square. This street will remain a memorable space for the revolution because it witnessed some of the most dramatic and violent moments (...)

Andante is an exhibition that traces the work of Alex Majoli from 1985 to 2018, in which the artist researches the human soul and the most obscure elements of society.

The itinerary ends with Scene, exploring the theatricality that lies in everyday life, where the borders between reality and fiction become blurred. This section of the exhibition was curated by David Campany, Diane Dufour and Ceryl Delhomme.

The subtle line between reality and theater, documentary and art, human behavior and acting, are precisely the frictions that amaze him, and cause him to return time and again to the streets and places that question the human condition.

Even in the most tragic of miseries, Majoli is capable of finding the theater, the pride and, most importantly, the greatness of the human soul.

Alex Majoli Republic of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Republic of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Republic of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Republic of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

A Magnum Photos member, Alex Majoli’s career began very early in the atelier of Casadio and Malanca. It is only after having photographed the closing of the renowned mental institution on the island of Leros in Greece that he found his identity as an artist, giving birth to his first monograph, Leros.

Alex Majoli © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Naadam, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 1996. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Naadam, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 1996. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Naadam, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 1996. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Naadam, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 1996. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Naadam, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 1996. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

The artist’s initial interest in the theories of Franco Basaglia, pioneer of the modern concept of mental health, famous for abolishing mental hospitals in Italy, pushed him to go to Brazil, where the theories are enthusiastically adopted. Alex Majoli has photographed the South American country for twenty years, collecting a series of images that depict the complex Brazilian society in a project entitled Tudo bom, which is still in progress.

Following the success of the exhibition, the Scene section of Andante has been extended until 8 July, 2018.

The Andante exhibition is presented by the Culture Department of the Municipality of Ravenna and by MAR.

Alex Majoli Young Palestinian during clashes with Israeli soldiers. Hebron, Palestine. 2000. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Skaters, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna. Italy. 1985. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Skaters, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna. Italy. 1985. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Skaters, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna. Italy. 1985. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Skaters, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna. Italy. 1985. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Skaters, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna. Italy. 1985. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Skaters, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna. Italy. 1985. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli Border checkpoint. Nablus, West Bank. 2003. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos