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