‘Radical’ is something ‘acting in depth; concerning an issue beginning with its essential principles’, according to Salvatore Battaglia’s definition in the Grande dizionario della lingua italiana. With this as his starting point, photographer Piero Martinello travelled around Italy in search of women and men who – each in their own way and for different reasons – have embraced radical choices and lifestyles. Fools, ravers, criminals, devouts and cloistered nuns: Martinello’s subjects come to life in a series of portraits in which the photographic medium appears at times in its pure form, at others grafted in items of vernacular iconography (passport pictures, holy pictures, mug shots). Everything comes together in a concept album where the face becomes a prism through which to investigate the human need to undertake extreme and unconventional life paths.
Radicalia is a project by Piero Martinello, featuring Lorenzo Fanton’s art direction and visual contributions by Enrica Casentini, Alberto Gobber, Luca Zamoc, Patrick Waterhouse, Ramon Pez and Alberto Sola.
The project was made possible by the LUZ Fellowship that LUZ granted Martinello in November 2012.
“For me, the highlight of Les Rencontres d’Arles this year would be a book and exhibition by Piero Martinello called Radicalia. Martinello made a stunning document of five groups of people living in the fringes of society. The book and exhibition are very precise, in a way that can only be done when someone has a total devotion and passion for a subculture. Bravo Piero!” Erik Kessels
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