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Photomontage exhibition reimagines Venice

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An exhibition of works which imagine a new island in the lagoon of Venice has gone on display at Lichfield Studios in London

The project, entitled ‘Isola Nova’, saw French artist Philippe Calandre create a series of photomontages using images of existing buildings in Venice and the industrial zone of nearby Porto Marghera.

Calandre said: ‘It was difficult but very exciting to bring a photographic approach to one of the most photographed cities in the world, with the risk of introducing industrial architecture thought incongruous with the treasured lagoon.’

Image from Isola Nova by Philippe Calandre at Lichfield Studios. Image: Philippe Calandre.

Image from Isola Nova by Philippe Calandre at Lichfield Studios. Image: Philippe Calandre.

He added: ‘The fragility of the city of Venice and the economic crisis linked to Porto Marghera led me to link the architectures of both areas in this vision of a new island.’

The work was commissioned by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, founder of French architectural practice Wilmotte & Associés, who said he wanted to explore ‘the historic past of Venice and the industrial side of the city to create a vision of the future’.

The works will remain on display until 15 November 2014.

Exhibition:

Isola Nova. Photomontages by Philippe Calandre
Lichfield Studios, 133 Oxford Gardens, London W10 6NE

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