On the occasion of The Phair 2022, Galleria del Cembalo will present photographs by Paolo Gioli, Paolo Pellegrin, Karmen Corak and Cristina Vatielli


On the occasion of The Phair 2022

Cembalo Gallery will present photographs of


Paolo Gioli, Paolo Pellegrin, Karmen Corak and Cristina Vatielli

4 internationally recognized photographers compared

with pictures on the theme Body

Preview and opening May 26, 2022

From 27 to 29 May 2022

Torino Exposizioni, Pavilion 3

Via Francesco Petrarca, 39 / b – Turin

Galleria del Cembalo, a Roman gallery specializing in photography, has been invited to participate in the third edition of The Phair, the international trade fair dedicated to photography and the image staged at Torino Esposizioni from 26 to 29 May 2022.

With the exhibition project Sul Corpo, Galleria del Cembalo for The Phair 2022 will bring works by two famous photographers known around the world, such as Paolo Gioli (recently deceased) and Paolo Pellegrin, and by two artists who are highly valued for the sensitivity of their gaze, Karmen Corak and Cristina Vatielli. A selection of four photographers – all followed for years by the Galleria del Cembalo – who explored the body’s theme in different and very personal ways. Two men and two women, with different approaches and techniques, in a single intense proposal made of images and emotions.

The Phair – a neologism synthesis of photography and fair – also for the third edition celebrates the language of photography and its many forms. Born from an idea of ​​Roberto Casiraghi and Paola Rampini, the international fair is by invitation only and is aimed at some of the most prestigious contemporary art galleries – 50 in total between Italian and foreign – which are called to present artistic projects related to the image’s theme and works created with photographic or video material.

The selection of Sul Corpo images from the Galleria del Cembalo will enrich the Torino Esposizioni exhibition proposal thanks to the sensitive and powerful language of the four selected photographers. Paolo Gioli – not only a photographer but a diverse and unconventional artist, valued and followed by famous personalities on the international cultural scene – will include some large format Polaroid films belonging to the series “Vessazioni” and “Luminescenti”, all particularly original works and experimental . The first (also indicated by the term Abuse) represents human faces or torso with signs of suffering: they are photographs with painting interventions, and not just part of a research in which Gioli said he wanted to “see what relationship there may be between a sophisticated, modern technological material (such as Polaroid) and ancient materials such as oil preparation.The other is based on ancient Roman sculptures present in the collections of the Capitoline museums in Rome and is made with phosphorescent material that has very long exposure times A recurring theme in Gioli’s work is in fact the reflection on art history, from ancient to modern art, the work of the famous artist who passed away on January 28, 2022, extremely original due to the style variation and unique character and technical realization of the works. , has been proposed and promoted by the Cembalo Gallery on several occasions, including in 2015 with the solo exhibition Opere Alche miche and in 2019 with Dialoghi. Paolo Gioli’s work has also been presented by the gallery at trade fairs, such as Artissima in 2017, Photo London in 2018 and with a stand entirely dedicated to him at Paris Photo 2019.

Another important contribution to the exhibition project in the Galleria del Cembalo at The Phair 2022 will be some images of female nudes portrayed in the Congo, works by renowned photographer Paolo Pellegrin, a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 2005. During the exhibition period, much of the photographer’s production in his long career as a photojournalist, as a major exhibition on his work is planned in the Gallerie d’Italia in Piazza San Carlo, organized by the Banca Intesa San Paolo group.

Karmen Corak’s contribution will be a polyptych entitled “Unveiled”, a work about the portrait of women, with parts of the body discovered by women’s hands, with a drapery play that refers to figurations of classical art, but also to a sense of modesty.

In this work by Corak, the human body seems to lose the peculiar property of self-representation: it moves away from the sexual implications, to become a tool of study, a language.

Finally, the theme of fertility and immersion in nature will be suggested by Cristina Vatielli with the “Terra Mater” project in a series of images taken with a drone from above, where the female body at the same time appears vulnerable and rocked by natural. elements. , through self-portraits of naked and half-naked people immersed in nature, in places that refer to original and unpolluted landscapes.

In addition to participating in The Phair 2022, the Galleria del Cembalo continues its rich exhibition activity with two exhibitions in Rome, at the Palazzo Borghese: Mare Omnis by Francesco Zizola (open until June 30) and Epifanie / 03 – LAB / for an irregular workshop curated by Antonio Biasiucci (open until 14 May) with works by Paolo Covino, Alessandro Gattuso, Valeria Laureano, Laura Nemes-Jeles, Claire Power, Ilaria Sagaria, Giuseppe Vitale and Tommaso Vitiello.

An exhibition by Cristina Vatielli is planned for the autumn season: at The Phair 2022, it will be possible to preview some of the works that the artist will bring to the Galleria del Cembalo in October, in the fascinating frescoes in the Roman gallery.

Ph: Karmen Corak


Paolo Gioli (Rovigo, October 12, 1942 – Lendinara, January 28, 2022) was an Italian painter, photographer and director of experimental cinema.

From 1960 he enrolled in the free school for the naked at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and continued his education as a painter. In 1967, he was in New York for about a year: here he obtained a scholarship from the John Cabot Foundation and came in contact with gallerists Leo Castelli and Martha Jackson. In America, he discovers New American Cinema and begins to develop a deep interest in photography. In 1970, he settled in Rome and participated in the Independent Cinema Cooperative. At the film studio, Gioli will present his first films, which he produces between Rome and Rovigo, develop and print his own films inspired by the Lumière cinema. During the same period, he made his first photographic works using the pinhole technique. In 1976 he moved to Milan, where in addition to the cinema he devoted himself to intense photography. In Polaroid in particular, Gioli will find a surprisingly flexible means of conducting his research: since 1977, he has been the first to experiment with the processes for transferring the Polaroid emulsion to substrates such as drawing paper, canvas, silk and wood. , which expands the possibilities of instant photography and combines the codes and techniques of photography with imagery. From the early 1980s Gioli received important awards: personal exhibitions at the National Institute for Graphics in Rome (1981), at the Center Pompidou in Paris (1983), he was repeatedly invited to the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, which also dedicate to him an exhibition at the Musée Réattu (1987). In 1984, he will receive the honor of the front page of the AIPAD catalog, the international fair for photographic art dealers. In the nineties, other international exhibitions alternated: in 1996 the great anthology at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, in the same year he exhibited regularly at the Galérie Michèle Chomette in Paris and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo. In more than forty years of activity, Gioli has also participated in all the major experimental cinema reviews at the festivals in New York, Toronto and Hong Kong. In 2006, RaroVideo released a double DVD featuring a selection of fourteen of his films. In 2007, Gioli was invited as an artist in focus to HKIFF. In 2008, a new selection was unveiled at the Ontario Cinémathèque in Toronto. In June 2009, the Pesaro Festival pays tribute to him with a complete review of his film. That same year, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome published a monograph on his work as a filmmaker. In 2015, he is among the artists selected by Vincenzo Trione for the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


Paolo Pellegrin was born in Rome in 1964. After studying architecture, his interest is focused on photography. He stayed with Agence Vu for ten years before joining Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2001, and became a full member in 2005. He worked on a contract for “Newsweek” for ten years. In his career he has received many international awards, including the “Robert Capa Gold Medal Award”. In 2006, he was awarded the “W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography”. His photographs have been exhibited at several museums and galleries, including: La Maison Européenne de La Photographie, Les Rencontres d’Arles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, MAXXI in Rome, Aperture Foundation Gallery, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, and Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. He lives in London.


Karmen Corak, born in Slovenia, studies graphic art in Croatia and the preservation and restoration of works of art on paper in Italy, Japan and Austria. He attends photo seminars with Rinko Kawauchi and Hans-Christian Schink. Lives and works between Rome and Venice. He has worked at GNAM, at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice and now at the ICCG in Rome as a restaurateur / conservator of works of art on paper. Participates in group exhibitions in China, Korea, Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary and the United States; and with personal exhibitions at the various editions of the International Photography Festival in Rome. Receives international awards in Fine Art Photography in Paris, Malaga and Berlin.


Cristina Vatielli was born in Rome. After graduating from the Roman School of Photography in 2004, she began working as an assistant to Paolo Pellegrin. Over the years, he has specialized in post-production of images and collaborated with several internationally recognized photographers. He then embarks on his personal research path with a historical-documentary approach that in some cases makes use of staging events and characters. In 2016, he made Picasso’s Women, a series of self-portraits that voice the suffering of eight women who loved Pablo Picasso. For the past ten years, he has been working on Exilio de Inside, a project that explores the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War. She was represented by the agency Prospekt in 2006-2012, and her works have been published in major international magazines such as Time, Newsweek, L’Espresso, Le Monde, Marie-Claire. He has received various awards including the Sony World Photography Award, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, PX3 and IPA.

Ph: Cristina Vatielli


Galleria del Cembalo participates in The Phair 2022

From 27 to 29 May 2022


WHERE: Torino Esposizioni, Pavilion 3 – Via Francesco Petrarca, 39 / b – Torino

INFO: https://www.thephair.com/


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