About AntiVirus Gallery
AntiVirus Gallery is an archive, a laboratory of ideas and projects related to the specific photographic. Founded in Rome during the Corona Virus-Covid 19 emergency, it witnesses, through Photography, the rich articulation of the Territory - understood not only from the landscape, urban planning and architectural point of view, but also social, psychological and political in a broad sense - and the ability of Photography to return its less glossy and homologated sides.
AntiVirus Gallery shows and promotes, in essentially - but not only - digital form, a more conscious look at the world, which the community needs even more today, and indirectly denounces the urgency to change actions and lifestyle in a sustainable and virtuous way. In this new perspective, culture and visual arts are indicated as a contribution to the preservation of habitats and of creative, intellectual and productive excellences understood as common goods of a wide shared heritage: the Territories. It is from here that a reconstruction based on new foundations can start again.
In quest’ottica, la Fotografia diventa l’arte e il medium migliore per mostrare e ispirare una via possibile verso una auspicabile rinascita. Le immagini fotografiche da sempre hanno rappresentato un’osservazione e restituzione di qualcosa della realtà, spesso anche come sua analisi critica. La Fotografia è mezzo artistico ed «epistemologico» considerevole», anche perché «esemplifica come comprendiamo le cose ora, oggi» (Jerry L. Thompson, A che serve la fotografia, Postmedia Books, Milano, 2015).
In the light of current emergencies and the many changes that have occurred to change individual and collective life and reality, Photography can and must realize its full expressive potential, penetrating even deeper into Society to grasp and highlight its changes.
AntiVirus Gallery is not interested in canonical travel reportages or with a tourist attitude, often only predatory. Rather, we want to make the spirit of the curious traveller our own, paying attention to the places and people who live there, to the street, to the architecture and landscapes, as well as to the forms of local creativity (art, craftsmanship, cooking), to social and cultural habits and to every other possible area of experience; our gaze can be critical, dreamy or disenchanted from time to time, but always sharp and penetrating, with the intention of returning, for each of the realities explored, an authentic portrait that safeguards their specificity. AntiVirus Gallery therefore intends to divulge and enhance both "the operator" and the "spectrum" (Roland Barthes, La chambre claire, Paris 1980) pertaining, in fact, to the investigated territory. Thus, the Photographer also becomes a sort of ambassador of the places photographed and the people he portrays, increasing their visibility and encouraging, as a result, their economic and cultural prosperity.
AntiVirus Gallery - availing itself of a prestigious multidisciplinary support committee - provides free of charge the reception, cataloguing and selection of photographic projects concerning specific places in the world, explored in every possible aspect, and therefore provides a space for professional and amateur photographers all over the world to deepen and disseminate their work, publishing it, contributing, at the same time, to a deeper knowledge of the territories (whether large or small, real or imaginary), returned to the gaze of the public and users through the point of view of each author's singularity.
The idea is to identify traditions and modifications, beauty and problematic issues that can be continuously re-discussed, indicating how in every different reality, whether bright or dark, one can find a reflection of one's own and therefore of oneself.
Together with a remarkable presence of series of photographic images of different countries and territories signed by photographers, in the Archives and always visible online, there are also contributions from Museums, Institutions, Galleries and Publishers, with which synergies and collaborations are born.
The project, born online, includes offline branches and a series of other initiatives in addition to the establishment of a thematic archive.