To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of its cultural centre, the MAST Foundation presents a new selection of works from its collection of photographs, video-installations, and photo-albums on industry and labour.
Over 250 historic and contemporary images by 65 artists from throughout the world – celebrated masters like Robert Doisneau, David Goldblatt, Helen Levitt, and Mario De Biasi as well as younger authors such as Richard Mosse, Ulrich Gebert, and Sonja Braas –show the talent and energy that have driven people to design means and infrastructures for moving goods, people, and data over the last two centuries.
A multifaceted reflection on the theme of speed characterising today’s society, the exhibition, which has the pendulum as its visual metaphor, illustrates the contrasting energies issued from two phenomena that dominate our present: on the one hand, the unbridled power of engines, an enormous increase in speed, means of transport transformed into the fetish of our times, permanent connection as an absolute necessity; and on the other, a slowing down, a sharp braking, a barrier to the flows of migrating people, the only limit to the myth of global mobility.
YTO BARRADA, GABRIELE BASILICO, SONJA BRAAS, LUCA CAMPIGOTTO, CLODT VON JÜRGENSBURG, MARIO DE BIASI, ROBERT DOISNEAU, ROGER FENTON, MARIO FINOCCHIARO, FLOTO + WARNER, VINCENT FOURNIER, ROBERT FRANK, SIMON FRIDLAND, ULRICH GEBERT, RICCARDO GILARDI, FRANK GOHLKE, GEERT GOIRIS, DAVID GOLDBLATT, HEIN GORNY, GUIDO GUIDI, JACQUELINE HASSINK, ROBERT HÄUSSER, LEWIS W. HINE, RUDOLF HOLTAPPEL, EMIL OTTO HOPPÉ, BORIS IGNATOVICH, WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON, GASTON JACQUIN, JEAN-PIERRE LAFFONT, MIMMO JODICE, PHILIP JONES, ANNICA KARLSSON RIXON, PETER KEETMAN, TORKEL KORLING, JUSTIN KOZLOWSKI, KARL KRÜGER, GERMAINE KRULL, DOROTHEA LANGE, HELEN LEVITT, O. WINSTON LINK, ELI LOTAR, MALESHERBES PHOTO, RÉMY MARKOWITSCH, EDGAR MARTINS, DON MCCULLIN, TINA MODOTTI, RICHARD MOSSE, UGO MULAS, MARTIN MUNKÁCSI, ANTONIO PAOLETTI, ALFRED PERSON, XAVIER RIBAS, LUCIANO RIGOLINI, STEFANO ROBINO, TATA RONKHOLZ, ARKADIJ SAJCHET, ROGER SCHALL, BEN SHAHN, GRAHAM SMITH, HENRIK SPOHLER, JOHN THOMSON, ALEXEY TITARENKO, JAKOB TUGGENER, BRETT WESTON
Sonja Braas, Container, 2015, dalla serie “Un eccesso di prudenza”, 2014-2017 © Sonja Braas
Mimmo Jodice, Milano, Stazione Centrale, 1969 © Mimmo Jodice
Luca Campigotto, Marghera, 1997 © Luca Campigotto
Mario De Biasi, Gamba de legn, Milano, 1951 © Archivio Mario De Biasi. Courtesy of Mondadori Portfolio
Mario Finocchiaro, Milano, Darsena, 1958 © Mario Finocchiaro
Floto + Warner, Sala verniciatura dell’Eclipse, Aviation, Albuquerque, NM USA, 2007 © Floto + Warner
David Goldblatt, I passeggeri di KwaNdebele, 1983-1984 © The David Goldblatt Legacy Trust, Courtesy Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town