Francesco Zanot for Camera – Italian Centre for Photography: Panorama, Francesco Jodice

Curated by Fantom’s Francesco Zanot, Panorama is a first overview on the career of photographer and filmmaker Francesco Jodice. Presented at Camera, the Italian Centre for Photography, the exhibition – the third project since the inauguration of the Centre in October – is open from May 11th to August 14th, 2016.

The exhibit offers the widest selection of Jodice’s works ever presented: more than twenty years of eclectic art, from an artist who does not shy away from using all available contemporary means for expression – alternating between photography, videos and installations – in his ongoing study of the contemporary geopolitical scenario and its social and urbanistic implications.

Panorama is about the process behind Francesco Jodice’s research and work: the whole exhibit is filled to the brim with the artist’s favourite topics and the thoughts and reasons behind his whole body of work. The setup draws the viewer in, showing the process behind the birth of all works and highlighting all that comes before – and shapes – the final product. Striking a fine balance between theory and practice, Jodice’s modus operandi is vital to all of the artist’s projects: they express the force and motivation behind the works, often found in the oeuvres themselves but sometimes only discernible from the first stages of production.

The Panorama on exhibit is therefore not only the geopolitical one: it also encompasses the whole of Jodice’s methods, through which his research becomes apparent. A whole slew of maps, books, newspaper clippings, backstage images, auditions, interviews, videos and much more, now shown on a 40-meter long, modular table in CAMERA’s hallway. This “laboratory” part isn’t an introduction to the exhibit itself, but exists rather as the “engine” running the whole exhibition and providing food for the viewer’s thought.

In order to provide a non-linear form of narration, that hinges more on intuition and lateral thinking, the exhibition’s halls are connected to the corridor through a series of gaps. Not following a pre-set route through the exhibit, the viewer is free to find the connections between the materials and the works, as if they were but guests, free to interact with the artist’s atelier. Panorama is an exhibit on an artist whose oeuvre is paramount for the documentation and understanding of the changes in our world’s scenarios – both imaginary and real. As such, it re-establishes art to its former status: a means for social commitment.

The exhibition also offers a publication, edited by Mousse: a whole volume of images and taglines, meant to introduce the reader to the artist’s entire career and to spark a reflection on the catalogue as an editorial tool.

Francesco Jodice (Naples, 1967) lives and works in Milan. His researches encompass changes in modern social landscape underlining new relevant phenomena in urban anthropology. His work explores the urgency for a common ground between art and geopolitics. He was a founding member of the Italian Multiplicity group, an international network and experimental forum of architects and artists. Francesco Jodice is professor of Urban Visual Anthropology at NABA, and professor of Photography at Forma. His projects have been exhibited at Documenta in Kassel (2001), the Venice Biennale (2003), the ICP Triennial of Photography and Video in New York (2006), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (2007), the São Paulo Art Biennial (2006), the Tate Modern London (2006) and the Museo del Prado in Madrid (2011). His last personal exhibits include: American Recordings, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea; Weird Tales, Galleria Michela Rizzo-Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Francesco Jodice, Podbielski Contemporary; Umea – Spectaculum Spectatoris, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, Prado – Spectaculum Spectatoris, QAGOMA – Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, USA.

Panorama. Francesco Jodice
From May 11 to August 14, 2016
CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia
Via delle Rosine 18, Turin