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A Wound in the heart of Florence, JR at Palazzo Strozzi

“The subject is accessibility at the Covid time. The installation speaks to us about this challenging time when culture is denied to the public, and we want to put people in touch with art, public art.”

Arturo Galansino, General director at Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence

When I was a student, I’d never have photographed a building with people in the scene. Still, after years of working on Michelucci’s writings and drawings, my preference for the perfection of form faded considerably, favouring the research for the human dimension in architecture.

That’s why I didn’t post on social media a photo of JR’s “Ferita” (wound) at Palazzo Strozzi with an empty scene. The beauty of this installation, which opens cultural places through the fall of a wall, lies in its sense of aggregation.

People stop and physically occupy the street searching for the perfect point of view, re-populating the city for a few moments. The fear of the virus leaves room for the desire to enjoy art with other people.

In these times, seeing life in the streets again, thanks to art, it’s a great thing.

 

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