“Imaginary Stories” by Paolo Ventura, on show in Milan
Paolo Ventura’s “Imaginary Stories” are in town. Approximately one hundred pieces – including photographs, installations, sets and decor objects selected by the artist – will be on display until July 29th, 2018 at Armani-Silos.
The exhibition space stretches over 4,500 square meters on four floors, and after being recovered from a 1950s’ granary it was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the iconic fashion designer’s first fifty years of career.
Paolo Ventura, instead, celebrates his 50th birthday: he was born in 1968 in Milan and followed his art from the Brera Academy to Brooklyn, defining a unique personal career that led him, amongst other things, to work on sets for the Chicago Lyric Opera and Teatro Regio in Turin.
“I photograph the inexistent and build imaginary worlds,” he has said to explain his dream-like works, which are ecstatic and yet imbued with a form of reality captured from surprising points of view.
The Via Bergognone 40 space will showcase three projects: “The Automaton” (2010), “Short Stories” (2013-2015), and “La Città Infinita” (“The Infinite City”).
The latter is the most recent of the triptych on show. Ventura himself has said, commented it, “I have always loved the city; I like where it ends because you can see houses and old buildings with vegetable gardens around them. I like the city outside of the city walls, when it runs free. I like looking at it from the side, when traveling on a train that crosses it. I would have enjoyed living in the same city my whole life, without ever leaving it. When I was little, I though it never ended.”
Photos via: ©Chiara Collaro