Da Gorizia alle Ande is Paolo Gasparini’s art book published by studiofaganel.
As in his photobooks, Da Gorizia alle Ande is also a confluence of ‘images, graphics, the intersection of poetic visions, the work of translation and typographic printing’, as Gasparini calls it. Unlike his photo photobooks, in this new editorial project, the photographer involved two poets, Alejandro Sebastiani Verlezza (Caracas, Venezuela) and Francesco Tomada (Udine, Italy), and included a digital fine art print in each copy of the print run.
Publisher: studiofaganel 2021
The story is thus jointly entrusted to the images of the photographer and the texts of the two authors who each ‘speaks’ in their own language, Italian for Tomada and Spanish for Verlezza. Sometimes Gasparini also intervenes, using both languages, thus determines a three-voice dialogue.
The sequence of 32 black and white diptychs ends with a single image that is the original print applied to the book. The narration flows towards the end which is placed in the center of the book and is divided into two parts that start from the two covers, which have different colors and languages: blue and Italian for the ‘European part’, magenta and Spanish for ‘the Latin American one’.
This subdivision symbolizes the photographer’s two ‘worlds’ and his comings and goings between one world and another: the Italian one, of origin and returns, and the Latin American one, of residence, work and commitment.
To embrace the sequence there are two color photographs from the late 1970s, relevant to the artist on a personal and collective level, and two old photographs of the Gasparini’s family archive.
Throughout the artbook, the metaphor of childhood and the spontaneity of a child’s gaze is present and alive, which the artist always has had and was able to preserve, and which finds expression in the image entitled Los niños nos miran (1997) chosen as the original print.
Spreads from the book Da Gorizia alle Ande © Paolo Gasparini by courtesy of studiofaganel
Book Specs: Photographs: Paolo Gasparini | Texts: Alejandro Sebastiani Verlezza, Francesco Tomada, Paolo Gasparini | Book design: Andrea Occhipinti | Pages: 56 + 12 | Bookletsize: 31 x 24.5 cm | Llanguage: Italian, Spanish, English | Print run: 300 copies numbered + 50 out of commerce | With an original fine art photograph in charcoal 10 x 15 cm | ISBN: 978-88-943821-9-8. Available here.
Da Gorizia alle Ande — Paolo Gasparini at StudioFaganel, Gorizia, Italy (November 5, 2021 – January 7, 2022)
Paolo Gasparini. Field of Images at KBr Fundación MAPFRE Photography Center, Barcelona (September 30, 2021–January 16, 2022)
Bio Artist: Born in 1934 in Gorizia, Italy. Lives in Caracas, Venezuela.
Paolo Gasparini was born in Italy, where he studied photography under Aldo Mazucco. In 1954 he settled in Venezuela, beginning to work out of his own studio, Arquifoto. From 1961 to 1965 he lived in Cuba, where he collaborated with Alejo Carpentier at the journal Revolución. There, along with the cause of the revolution, he adopted the 35mm camera format.
Paolo Gasparini has published numerous books, including La ciudad de las columnas (Havana, 1970), with a text by his friend Alejo Carpentier, the virtuosic Retromundo (Caracas, 1986), brilliantly laid out by Álvaro Sotillo, and Del reverso de las imágenes (Mexico City, 2015), published by the Galería López Quiroga on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name. Toluca Editions