This exhibition presents the photographic heritage of Fabrica, the communication research center of Benetton Group, born from a vision of Luciano Benetton and Oliviero Toscani. It brings together the representative work of 37 artists who have joined this experimental space since its founding in 1994.
The photographs focus on human beings as a source of innovation and a vessel of existential and ideological struggle. Encompassing a chorus of voices that reflect critically on our complex surroundings, this collection explores various facets of our societies through social, political, economical and environmental issues. It becomes a celebration of the world’s diversity, as it is also linked to the reality of COLORS magazine.
The thematic depth of Up to Now. Fabrica Photography highlights the vision of Fabrica in preserving photographic culture and promoting social change. The central axis of the exhibition is the human body as a vehicle of memory and negotiation. This project also includes works addressing themes such as exploration of the territory, geographies of domestic life, and individual and collective identities.
Lastly, it features two new, special projects developed by Drew Nikonowicz and Ali Kaveh, the latest photography residents of the Fabrica Editorial Area.
The exhibition becomes a continuous dialogue between bodies, objects and spaces as a process of readjustment among the fragments of the contemporary world. It creates the conditions to activate alternative narratives, and eventually turns into a place where the past, present and future attempt to converge. The visitor is invited to shape new narratives by finding common threads throughout the projects.
Fabrica is the communication research center of Benetton Group. Established in 1994, it offers young people from around the world a one-year residency to develop research projects in the areas of design, visual communication, photography, interaction, video and music. Fabrica is based in a tailor-made campus centred on a 17th century villa restored and significantly augmented by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Curator / Enrico Bossan
Art Direction / Gabriele Riva, Daria Scolamacchia
Introductory Text / Nicolas Vamvouklis
Editing and Translation / Giorgia De Luca, Tina Ferrari, Michela Liverotti, Chiara Longhi, Daria Scolamacchia, Marina Vitaglione
Production and Management / Gianluca Alla, Daniel Benitez, Roberta Donatini, Bianca Otilia Ghiuzan, Marco Pavan
Photo Printing / Imaging Pro (Castelfranco Veneto – Italy)
Frames / Cornice Studio (Milan – Italy)
Up To Now. Fabrica Photography Catalog / Fuse Tsang
Photo: Under Gods, © Liz Hingley, courtesy Fabrica, United Kingdom
Over the past fifty years, the UK has become an increasingly multicultural society. This has led to a fiery melting pot of different religions, with nearly half of all teenage city dwellers believing in a God. On Soho road, in Birmingham, religion is the defining factor, rather than culture or race. Through photography, Liz Hingley documents how eight disparate religious communities co-exist along the road. Taking this emblematic street as a case study, Under Gods by extension explores how religion has changed in the face of the urbanized British life.