Cesare Ballardini was born in Fusignano in 1954. He studied photography with Italo Zannier and first exhibited in the collective project Iconicittà: a vision of the real curated by Luigi Ghirri, Ferrara, Pavilion of Contemporary Art, in 1979. His work was included in the last Venice Biennale in 2011 (54a Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Biennale di Venezia).
The genesis of the photographs presented here dates from the mid '80s, when, together with some friends, he founded the cultural association I Figli del deserto and participated in the creation of an exhibition and a book titledTraversate del deserto, from an idea of the writer Gianni Celati. The project would bring together philosophers, photographers, writers and sociologists around the idea of environmental and cultural desertification of contemporary society.The texts, curated by Celati, included the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Jean Baudrillard, Gerald Bisinger, Jean-Paul Curnier, Max Frisch, Gabriel Josipovici, Gilles Lipovetski, Giuliano Scabia and Celati; the photographs, curated by Luigi Ghirri and Figli del deserto, gathered images of Olivo Barbieri, David Paul Barkshire, Jean-Paul Curnier, Vittore Fossati, Carlo Gajani, Luigi Ghirri, Guido Guidi, Klaus Kinold and Manfred Willmann. This experience proved of fundamental importance for future Ballardini's research, because from this moment on he began to develop a sophisticated and personal approach to the landscape that will take him to be included in the italian exhibition Photography 1839-1989curated by Paolo Costantini and Italo Zannier, Venice, Palazzo Fortuny, 1989.
Dal vero was taken between 1986 and 1989 and started as an ideal contribution to the renowned project "Traversate del deserto" curated by Gianni Celati in 1986, after which Ballardini developed a sophisticated and personal approach to the landscape. Between 2009 and 2010 Ballardini revisited the photographs, making a final selection of images and creating a new and final edition of prints. The result of this work is presented here for the first time as a monograph.
The exhibition consists of 25 black and white prints printed by the author in format of 15.6 x 15.8 cm, on frames 45 x 40 cm with a mat.
Curated by Luca Nostri
Designed by Filippo Nostri
52 pages, 22 b/w photograph printed in duotone with a note from the publisher (Italian)
185 x 260 mm
Softbound softcover, dust jacket
Edizioni del bradipo, 2010