Photo Exhibition by Vittorio Gatti, a journey in USA searching for Aldo Rossi
Curated by WAR with Flavia Giuliani, Giulia Leone.
Location: Garage, Rome
Project Team: Gabriele Corbo, Jacopo Costanzo, Valeria Guerrisi
Collaborators: Loriano Giannone, Michelangelo Sicari, Angela Tanzola
This exhibition forced us to synthesize, to crystallize, studies and researches carried out at the Warehouse of Architecture and Research during the first five years of its activity.
We felt the need to act within the architectural theory while communicating between the space of the Garages, Vittorio Gatti’s photographs, and once again with the lesson of the Maestri of postmodernism or metabolism architecture, always keeping Aldo Rossi’s work in mind.
Confronting each other and discussing with the photographer, we dwelt upon the action – almost a liturgy – of isolating, copying, repeating. We envied Gatti’s intuition because he had found perfect words to express an approach that we definitely felt like ours.
Just like he had isolated, copied, and repeated significant details, observed at first and then caught with his photographs, we did the same, but as architects.
That’s how the columns were born: isolated, copied, repeated, and realized using paper tube. Those columns were somehow symbolically carrying the result of a difficult research path.
These noble architectural elements altered the perception of the garages, elevating them to an almost metaphysical space, where you can nevertheless still smell the kerosene. Connecting harmoniously with the columns portrayed by Gatti between Japan, United States, and Italy, these elements were a dedication to Aldo Rossi – the leading character of the show. Together with the garage shutters, the columns become an allegoric reinterpretation of a tryptic system of binary columns, a classic element of Rossi’s composition.
WHERE IS ALDO is the final remark of a five-year-long chapter for WAR’s project activity.