TRANSMETTRE, Percorsi di sapere    


from 1 to 13 April 2014
Pinacoteca of Brera
Via Brera 28

Curator of the exhibition: Alain Lardet

Within the events of JEMA, Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art 2014, Vacheron Constantin with the cooperation of Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte presents Tiziana & Gianni Baldizzone's photography exhibition "Transmettre, Percorsi di sapere", an exhibition under the patronage of the Town of Milan.

This exhibition is the result of Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone's project TRANSMETTRE about the relation between Master and Disciple and about by the Passing on knowledge. It is a long-term work – still in progress – that for over three years now has been taking the two photographers to various parts of the world in search of masters embodying traditional knowledge that is part of heritage of humanity's cultural diversity.

80 blow-up, black and white and colour photographs, each with a text that is the result of the photographers' experiences, as well as on-site interviews and witnesses.

The exhibition way ideally reproduces a path of transmission: from the search for a master to the parting of ways after the accomplishment of the passing on of a skill. Each photograph is the expression of different moments of transmission.
Two video-diaporama complete the exhibition with a view of Ateliers and a journey from matter to work of art.

The Baldizzone's view

" TRANSMETTRE, is a contemporary story: it tells the concrete stories of artists, maîtres d'art and craftsmen (some of them famous, others unknown) embodying different traditional skills which they perpetuate, as well as innovate and pass on. In this way they create future traditions and act as go-between the progress. They are the protagonists of this exhibition.
We have chosen their stories and their paths to show in photography the complexity of the Master-Disciple relation and the different aspects of passing a skill on, in the meaning of exchange between human beings: generation to generation exchange, but also inter-professional and intercultural exchange.

The skills chosen as scenery for TRANSMETTRE story, are some traditional know-how that are innovated or have somehow found a way to modernity. Our choice has been to show that innovation and tradition are not contradictories because today traditions are the innovations of the past.

TRANSMETTRE is not a gallery of traditional skills of the world. By presenting Masters and Disciples of different countries and cultures we want to emphasize the universality of the human action of passing knowledge on.

To realize this project we installed ourselves in the workshops of artists, maîtres d'art, craftsmen and we shared their daily work. Each shot is then the result of a shared time: they are all shots we have looked and waited for.
We took the time to search for the masters, to let ourselves into the crafts, to be in syntony with men and matters.
This exhibition pay homage to all Masters and Disciples, Artists, Craftsmen an Maîtres d'Art who welcomed us into their world of art." Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone


The photographers express their gratitude to Vacheron Constantin for the support and strong commitment that have made the exhibition TRANSMETTRE, Percorsi di sapere possible.
The photographers thank also the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte; the Pinacoteca of Brera; CentralDupon Images in Paris for producing the photographs prints.

For its support to the project TRANSMETTRE the photographers thank the Fondation SNCF.

Opening time :
from 1 to 7 april : from 8,30AM to 7,30PM;
8 april : from 8,30AM to 11,30PM
From 9 to 13 april 2014 : from 8,30AM to 8,30PM
Free entrance



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