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