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07.07.2016 / Radicalia by Piero Martinello, Les Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles 2016

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Radicalia by Piero Martinello is exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles from the 4th of July to the 25th of Septemper. The project was realized by the Author in collaboration with LUZ Fellowship. ‘Radical’ is something ‘acting in depth; concerning an issue beginning with its essential principles’, according to Salvatore Battaglia’s definition. 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.