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3.11/22.11.2020Fondazione Stelline , Milano

A story between Italy and Norway skillfully told through shots that bring with them the salty world of the northern seas.
A photographic journey, told by Valentina Tamborra, from Rome and Venice to the Lofoten Islands, on the trail of the adventurous story of the navigator Pietro Querini. A story through images that tells of migrations, men, places and traditions that become a reason for exchange and crossing of worlds.

The exhibition presents about 40 shots of the Milanese photographer, some of them large format, which revolve around the theme of travel, as the title itself underlines. Skrei, in fact, is the name of a particular type of Norwegian cod and derives from an ancient term of Viking origin that means "to travel" in the sense of migrating, moving forward. Every year this fish makes a real migration from the Barents Sea to return to the northern part of the Norwegian coast where it lays its eggs.
A journey of thousands of kilometers, then, like the one made by Valentina Tamborra with her photographic project, which starts from distant roots and makes a long tour to then find the points from which it started.
It all began in the Vatican Library in Rome and in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, where the testimonies of the adventurous story of the noble navigator Pietro Querini are preserved. The man, who survived the shipwreck of his caravan, arrived on the Lofoten islands in 1432 and was rescued by local fishermen who helped him discover and learn about the methods of drying, preserving and preparing cod, which he exported on his return to his Venice, marking the culinary fate of stockfish in the Italian tradition.
The journey between Italy and Norway - expertly told through shots that bring with them the salty world of the northern seas - is therefore the red thread that connects the story of a "poor" fish, which has become excellence in Italian cuisine, to that of men, faces, places and ancient and modern traditions, celebrations that become a reason for exchange and crossroads of worlds, cultures.

The exhibition, curated by Roberto Mutti, is organized and promoted in collaboration with Norwegian Seafood Council and Tørrfisk between Lofoten AS, under the patronage of the City of Milan and Lombardy Region, and is included in the calendar of the fifth edition of the Vogue Photo Festival.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Silvana Editoriale, which can also be purchased online by clicking here

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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.

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AntiVirus Gallery aims to provide a free space for professional and amateur photographers all over the world: we want to deepen their work, and make them known, or know them better. With the help of a multidisciplinary support committee, the AntiVirus Gallery working group will provide for the reception, cataloguing and selection of photographic projects concerning specific places in the world, explored in every possible aspect. Each photographer will contribute, with his or her own sensitivity and vision, to capture the different facets that enrich the story through images of our reality and, therefore, of us. In this way, through the photographic specific, AntiVirus Gallery will contribute at the same time to a deeper knowledge of the territories, whether they are large or small, returned to the eyes of observers from the point of view of each singularity of the author.

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, as said, 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 their economic and cultural prosperity.

Call to Action

The time has come to show us through your subjective gaze the bond and passion you have for your Territory. Whether you are a professional, a photography student or a simple amateur on AntiVirus there is a place for you too!

We put no limits to your creativity: any equipment (from simple smartphones to full format cameras), support (analog or digital) and technique are welcome. Through the participation form below we ask you to send a .PDF file with a series of at least seven photos, and describe the type of research behind your photographic work.

If selected, you authorize the organizers and the scientific committee to publish your bio, the link to your site and social channels in addition to the photographs submitted (with indication of the title and name of the author) of which you will retain, as author, the copyright by granting free inclusion on this site, in any branch online related or linked to it and in any other publications, including paper, for the communication of AntiVirus Gallery, the enhancement and conveyance of your work, the series in question and the territories depicted in it.

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