• Gianluca Pollini
  • 2015
  • Inv. No. 29.14.06
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Still life

The Still Life series represents a watershed for Pollini who, after portraying nature for years in black and white, decided to research colour and its nuances, to appropriate it for his works. Working in the studio with filters and coloured lights, shot after shot the photographer enriches his works, giving them bright and absolute tones, internalizing and imbuing the images with the same chromatic sensitivity typical of Expressionist painters.
Gianluca Pollini lives and works in Bologna. He started taking pictures in 1982, focusing on nature reportage and collaborating with the Rome-based agency Panda Photo until 2012. From 1998 to 2008 his works were handled by Daniela Facchinato’s Image Gallery in Bologna, followed by the Galleria Forni, also in Bologna. In 1993 he held his first solo exhibition at Bologna’s Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati, at which he showed medium-sized black-and-white photographs, chiefly studio still lifes and landscapes. His successful career continued with both solo and collective exhibitions organized in Italy and abroad. In 2004 and 2006 he participated in the Festival des Métiers de Montagne in Chambéry, France, while in 2014 Beatrice Buscaroli, the former curator of the Italian Pavilion (53rd Venice Biennale) – with whom he would collaborate a number of times – asked him to participate in the Bergwelten exhibition organized by the Stadtmuseum Klausen in Chiusa (Bolzano). Pollini’s most important and best-known project, to which he still devotes most of his work, is tied to flowers. In addition to being the subject of numerous exhibitions around Europe, this series was also published in various magazines and was collected in a magnum opus entitled Fiori, published by Gente di Fotografia in 2006. Pollini has often been represented by renowned Italian galleries at important contemporary art fairs, such as Miart in Milan and ArteFiera in Bologna.