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New Work Series

Site Specific: Olivo Barbieri with Christopher Phillips

Tuesday, September 24

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY


Site Specific is a summary of Olivo Barbieri’s ten-year project to record and reimagine over forty of the world’s cities from above, including Las Vegas, Mexico City, New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, and Venice. To make the photographs in the series, titled site specific_, Barbieri initially began using selective focus, leading to distinct “tilt-shift” photographs of Italian cities with which he first established his reputation and launched a popular stylistic movement. The result is a remarkable body of work about twenty-first-century urban space and about photography itself.

Barbieri, joined by the author of the book’s introduction, Christopher Phillips, will explain how and why site specific_ changed over ten years, and his efforts to invent a distinctive and new visual style to portray each city. The talk will begin with a conversation between Barbieri and Phillips, including a screening of site specific_LAS VEGAS 05, followed by a Q&A and book signing.


This talk is part of the New Work series at Aperture.

Olivo Barbieri (born in Carpi, Italy, 1954) is a key figure in Italian contemporary art who has been featured several times at the Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at institutions, including the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART), Rovereto, Italy. His photographs and films are in the collections of the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; International Center of Photography, New York; and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin, Italy.

Christopher Phillips (introduction) is curator at the International Center of Photography in New York and is a widely published critic and photography historian. Previously senior editor at Art in America, Phillips’s many books include The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars (1989) and, with Wu Hung, Between Past and Future: New Photography and New Video from China (2004).

Site Specific: Olivo Barbieri with Christopher Phillips