LEBANON. Tyre. July, 2006. Civilians arrive in Tyre after fleeing their villages in southern Lebanon during Israeli airstrikes.
The exhibition, curated by Annalisa D’Angelo and Denis Curti, testifies to the richness of the work of Paolo Pellegrin (Rome, 1964), among themost important living Italian photographers, committed to witnessing the major conflicts that connote the contemporary world. Winner of eleven editions of the World Press Photo Award and member of the Magnum agency since 2005, through his reportages, Paolo Pellegrin uses photography to document the main events of our era. A key eyewitness to all aspects of contemporaneity, through his photography, Pellegrin also explores the effects of climate change, reflecting on the power of nature and paying particular attention to the fragile balance underpinning life on Earth.
The exhibition is split into several parts that dialogue with each other, following the evolution of the artist’s research and the themes that animate the working and creative path of Paolo Pellegrin, who has been engaged for decades in documenting conflicts in war zones and rendering a complex visual perception of reality. From Gaza to Beirut, but also from Rome, to Japan, America, climate change in Namibia, Iceland and Greenland, and finally the conflict in Ukraine, where Pellegrin has been several times over the past year. His images render the fragility and strength of a humanity that manifests its most intimate emotions, in dialogue with the greatness of nature, in an attempt to dissect one of the crucial themes of contemporaneity: the relationship between humankind and the natural environment.