Guido Guidi
Per Strada

Per Strada presents a significant body of work by Guido
Guidi, which he made intermittently from 1983 to 2015.
The subject is the Via Emilia, a Roman road connecting
Milan to the Adriatic Sea. To this day, the Via Emilia is
the territorial backbone of the Southern tier of the Po
Valley, running through mid-size cities such as Parma,
Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, Forlì, and Rimini.
Using a 8x10 inch camera, Guidi focuses his lens on the
“interstices” between cities rather than on historical
centres. He explores the rich palimpsest of signs in the
landscape built from centuries of residential, agricultural,
industrial, and commercial activity.

Guidi’s project on the Via Emilia began in the environs
of his hometown, Cesena. For the Italian artist, to
photograph everyday landscapes is to acknowledge
the importance of the vernacular, but also to break free
of one’s own stereotypes, ideas, and constraints. As he
once stated in an interview: “At a certain moment I felt
pushed to leave my room, like in Wim Wenders’s film
‘The Wrong Move’ (1975), when Wilhelm breaks the
windowpane with the palm of his hand and leaves the
house. I leave the house and what do I find? A house, an
entrance door, a woman who passes by or who asks me
something.”

Photographs from this book were partly published in
a book made in collaboration with Luigi Ghirri and
edited by Guidi, Due fotografi per il Teatro Bonci
(1983). The body of work continued with individual and
collective projects, including the 1986 group exhibition
Esplorazioni sulla Via Emilia.

 

200 pages
31 cm x 24 cm
Paper bound hardback with tipped-in image

Publication date: September 2018

€40.00 £35.00 $45.00

ISBN 978-1-912339-17-4


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