Passage du Nord

  • Stefano Gardel
  • 2016
  • Inv. No. 440.16.10
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Interni, Architettura
Size M
60x40cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Showcase frame Mounting
Size L
100x66cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Showcase frame Mounting

In Passage du Nord the silence is the main element, a complete stillness, most unusual for such a place, an area of the city normally crowded with people. The result is estranging: Stefano Gardel decontextualizes this place, and turns it into its opposite, into a quiet and lifeless alter ego. The cold lights enlighten the long corridor on which the windows of the empty shops overlook. The meaning is overturned: there is no longer a community, but only silence.
A young Italian talent, Stefano Gardel developed his innate passion about art through the various journeys he undertook around the world, as business trips, but especially for pleasure.  A tireless traveller, Gardel specialised in street and landscape photography. When he is within an urban landscape, the artist takes advantage of the space in order to create overlapping planes, that is to say buildings, railways, housing, buildings springing up one after another, as if it were a puzzle. This technique is well noticeable in the series The high skyline, which features the less known, somehow unrecognizable,  New York city. On the other hand, with Time square reflections, we can appreciate a far more recognizable portrait of the Big Apple. The neon lights of the huge billboards that hide the presence of pedestrians are central. To follow, some landscape shoots, where Gardel depicted Switzerland and the Dolomites, series that reveal a deep suggestion in the way mountains, meadows and forests are portrayed.