Pretending to be healthy …
… and here we are back in it again, while we had all hoped not to have to find ourselves in those images, recent ones that nevertheless we had immediately sought to put in the archive of a distant past, a past faraway from the long period of lockdown.
But then with the first openings, human desire and the need to believe that everything was finally over, so we could tell each other what happened once upon a time … in that strange and fascinating period of suspension.
In the photos of this photo gallery, the streets of Como, the lake and the beautiful nature,
the silence and the candles on the windowsills,
the Cathedral, the Caritas canteen,
April 25, the Liberation from fascism holiday in Italy
the bars , the restaurants , shopping,
the longed-for return to a possible ” normality “.
In search of lost time
Gin Angri, photographer. In 1979 he began his activity in Como with the Nodo studio and in 1980 he published the book ” Como, a guide to history, art and current events” From 1982, for ten years, he worked in Mozambique, first as head of the Photographic Training Center , and later, at the Institute of Social Communication in Maputo. In 1990 he conducted research on auteur photography in Mozambique and published the book ” Karingana wa Karingana, (once upon a time) , contemporary Mozambique seen by its photographers ” Since 1992, with his return to Italy, he has collaborated with photo agencies, documenting with his photography social issues and current affairs. He produced reports from the former Yugoslavia , and Somalia, in Merka, where he documented the difficult attempt to return to normalcy after the years of civil war. In 2006 and the following year in Addis Ababa, he conducted a photographic laboratory for a group of girls, victims of sexual abuse, and were living in the recovery center “ I Fiori che Rinascono” (Flowers That Bloom Again). This work formed the basis for the 2008 book “Ri/scatto” (in Italian a playing with the words ‘snap again’ and ‘redemption’)” with the images made by the girls. In 2008 “Seasons of San Martino” was published, which collects ten years of his photographic work before and after the closure of the psychiatric hospital in Como . Since 2010 he has directed the periodical “Oltre il Giardino” (Beyond the Garden) , whose editorial team is made up of patients from Como’s mental illness day center .In 2011 he published the book “Ex Carcere di San Donnino di Como ” (The Ex San Donnino Prison in Como) ed. Node In 2016, together with poet Mauro Fogliaresi, he published the book “Un cuore all’Indice” (A Banned Heart). In 2018 he created the photographic exhibition “Canceled Women”, with its catalog, based on the research work on the very rich archival material from the former San Martino di Como psychiatric hospital. Hosted in the Salone del Broletto in Como , the exhibition was attended by over 4,000 visitors and was exhibited in other places . In 2014 he was awarded by the Sannita photographic club of Benevento prize with the “International Trophy – a life for photography” He has exhibited his works in various collective and individual shows. Currently a member of the photojournalist collective BuenaVista photo.
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