Spazio Labo’ – Centro di fotografia | Strada Maggiore 29 | Bologna

Familiar Stranger

Familiar Stranger

Collective imagery at the time of mobile photography

curated by Spazio Labo' and PHmuseum

January 15th - March 5th 2020

opening: Wednesday January 15th, 7pm
free entry

Opening hours during ART CITY Bologna:
Friday January 24th, 3PM-8PM
Saturday January 25th, 11AM-12AM
Sunday January 26th, 12PM-6PM

Opening hours:
from Monday to Friday, 3PM-6.30PM

In partnership with PHmuseum, within Art City Segnala 2020.

I want to remind you that we all have the right to make images and put them out in the world, but ask yourself which ones you actually want to take, because despite the truth that all images have been made, somehow not all stories have been told. And I’m pretty sure we’ve all got at least one or two original thoughts inside us.

Erik Kessels, from the photobook “Familiar Stranger” (PHmuseum, 2020).

On the occasion of Art City Bologna 2020, Spazio Labo’ and PHmuseum present the group show Familiar Stranger – Collective imagery at the time of mobile photography, following the conclusion of the first “PHmuseum Mobile Photography Prize” – a photo contest through which 11,000 photographs, shot using mobile devices, from around the world have been collected.

The exhibition proposes to reflect on the typical behavioural models of the virtual environment, triggering a dialogue between the authors exhibited and those elements and themes that distinguish contemporary online fiction.

As defined by the American psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1972, familiar stranger is a concept that refers to those individuals who do not know each other but share some common attributes such as interests, employment, social position and so on. For instance, Milgram mentioned those people who take the same train every day and are able to recognize faces of individuals already seen but with whom they have never interacted and whom they probably know nothing about. Moving this concept into a virtual environment, it is interesting and stimulating to explore the existence of potential familiar strangers in the vastness of the online world. Social networks actually represent a complex set of human relationships in which interactions are given through posts, tags, shares and likes.

As a special event within the exhibition, on Saturday January 25th we’ll host the presentation of the book Familiar Stranger, the first photobook published by PHmuseum, and a round-table on the topic of post photography and mobile photography with Erik Kessels, an artist particularly committed to these issues, and Chiara Bardelli Nonino, photo editor of Vogue Italia, in conversation with Laura De Marco (director and curator of Spazio Labo’), Giuseppe Oliverio (director of PHmuseum) and Rocco Venezia (curator of PHmuseum).

January 15 – March 3, 2020

Wednesday January 15th at 7 PM. Free entry.

Book launch and panel discussion:
Saturday January 25th 2020, at 6 PM. Round table with Erik Kessels, Chiara Bardelli Nonino (Vogue Italia), Giuseppe Oliverio (PHmuseum), Rocco Venezia (PHmuseum), Laura De Marco (Spazio Labo’). Free entry.

Workshop with Erik Kessels, “Who are you and your work”:
Saturday January 25th and Sunday January 26th 2020, 10AM-2PM. For info, go here. Last places available.

Opening hours during ART CITY Bologna weekend:
Friday January 24th, 3PM-8PM • Saturday January 25th, 11AM-12AM • Sunday January 26th, 12PM-6PM.
free entry

Opening hours:
from Monday to Friday, 3PM-6.30PM
free entry

Spazio Labo’ | Photography
Strada Maggiore 29, Bologna
ring Spazio Labo’ | find us at the end of the courtyard | | 328 3383634

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