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In francese (ma anche in italiano) “acre” è l’unità di misura del terreno agricolo, ma “âcre” è anche il carattere amaro che in questi anni ha assunto una parte dell’entroterra bretone, quello non rappresentato dall’immagine convenzionale per il turismo, ma da un territorio meno conosciuto ed indagato, dove all'apparente rigoglio della natura e alla bellezza dei luoghi è sotteso un conflitto dovuto all’uso sconsiderato dei pesticidi nelle campagne e alla massiccia presenza degli allevamenti intensivi. ACRE è anche il titolo del più recente lavoro fotografico di Pino Musi, in forma di libro, frutto di una residenza d’artista svolta nel 2016 presso il Centro d’arte e ricerca GwinZegal. Il progetto ha avuto come filo conduttore la relazione tra le architetture minime, funzionali e la morfologia di un'area della Côtes-d’Armor ed è concepito come un attraversamento critico che si sviluppa in due direzioni: quello che dalle fattorie contadine si estende alle periferie dei piccoli centri urbani, passando per i siti delle industrie agroalimentari e l’altro, che rimanda alla storia della fotografia di paesaggio ed alla riflessione sul lavoro di alcuni autori che ne hanno rappresentato importanti fasi di transizione.

Pino Musi
ACRE
Éditions GwinZegal

59 photographs
Text by Alexandre Quoi
24x32,5 cm / 112 pages
Graphic Design: Claire Schvartz
Printed by Grafiche dell’ Artiere, Bologna
France, March 2017

Available on GwinZegal website

"...The exploratory plan, undertaken over a huge expanse of central Brittany, criss-crossed by car, in no time revealed a certain equivalence between the typology of the traditional farm buildings and that of the soulless constructions of peri-urban or so-called rurban housing estates. Pino Musi’s study then broadened to include other architectural subjects, so as to underscore the connection existing between the composite entities of the present-day rural world. The book, which is the author’s favourite medium for his works, thoroughly underwrites this demonstration. During the sequence, some sixty photographs thus re-create an itinerary in the manner of a long tracking shot. This journey started with makeshift roadside shelters, followed by sheds and farms, and then moving to impressive buildings of agri-business companies, and lingering in small towns becoming depopulated, before ending up in the suburban zones associated with the phenomenon of rurbanization…”

"...The matter of the viewpoint also turns out to be decisive, because the cameraman has to choose the right distance to clearly define the spatial relations between the different elements. For it is indeed an interplay of formal order that Pino Musi is involved with, he who was brought up on the minimalist aesthetic, and is someone evidently keen to find in reality the equivalent of the plastic forms of geometric abstraction. A certain number of his images emphasize the entanglement of successive constructions, while others single out, to the point of creating something monumental, frontal views which block the landscape’s horizon. This quest for the effects of flatness – planéité – may, with good reason, link him to the genealogy of illustrious photographers as traced by Eric de Chassey around the notion of “platitude”— flatness more in the sense of dullness, perhaps. While his neutral and balanced recording of blind façades inevitably conjures up memories of a figure like Walker Evans, it is the ancestry of Lewis Baltz’s oeuvre which seems to forge his approach even more..." Alexandre Quoi

Exhibitions:
- Saint-Brieuc
Conseil d’Architecture, d’Urbanisme et de l’Environnement des Côtes-d’Armor (CAUE)
from the 18th of march 2017
- Guingamp
Espace François-Mitterrand
from the 1st of april 2017

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