South of no North
Galleria Ramo is pleased to participate again in the 11th edition of the Biennale dell’Imagine di Chiasso. We will be present in the Swiss border town with a “pop-up” space that will host the artist Luigi Boccadamo, creating a connection between the two exhibitions that revolve around the Biennale’s theme CRASH (for more information follow the link: Biennale), Igor Ponti (b. 1981, CH) presents its unpublished photographic studio in South Como: South of no North.
Trying to break the divisions between nations, customs, neighbourhoods, etc… Ponti's research is an attempt to aesthetically represent a linguistic plurality. Fascinated and perplexed by the evolution of a landscape, he constantly questions and practices the meaning of documentary photography. Using a large format camera he succeeds in capturing and using the representation of a landscape which is melted into an archaic aesthetic vision. Archaic by its definition is something belonging to the past, previous, but definitively retired by a historical, cultural, linguistic or literary process.
This project personifies the provocative idea of representing a romantic and anachronistic past of a landscape which is emphasised by an equally anachronistic and romantic approach of the medium that is still, in a disruptive way, actual and "truthful". Working in his native land, Ticino, South of no North examines this small territory where the landscape changes radically from south to north, in stark contrast to the "typical" idea of the Swiss Alps and the chaotic city. On his journey finding and documenting a landscape of nothing. The endless search to define oneself importance or rather undefined by a place where they reside. Ponti declares that "We live with provincialistic thoughts that is leading our lives to the midst of something that seems bigger than us or more important, losing the broader vision of what surrounds us". Ponti tries to capture and prove humanity’s reappropriation of other cultures, usually adopting the most mediated and economically strong versions of other cultures.
Igor Ponti, is a Swiss photographer that began working as an editorial photographer but driven by the desire to continue his research into photographing the landscape and researching the way in which it is linked to the human environment. In 2009 his first personal project on a small family of skateboarders was published by Fontana Edizioni. In 2013 he received the Pro Helvetia Scholarship of the Swiss Arts Council for new talents in the field of photography. In 2014 Looking for Identity, his second book, was published by Hatje Cantz which, in the same year, was presented at the international photo exhibition Paris Photo Fair and was selected for the New York Photo Festival in 2014. 2016 he published his third book Foce, a wide-ranging investigation into an anthropic landscape. Ponti's images have participated in numerous collective and personal exhibitions and are present in various private and institutional collections.