Strozzina | Centro di Cultura Contemporanea

Portraits and Power

01 Oct 2010 - 23 Jan 2011

Exhibition rooms views.
Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze
Photo: Valentina Muscedra
People, Politics and Structures
1 October, 2010 - 23 January, 2011

Tina Barney
Christoph Brech
Fabio Cifariello Ciardi
Clegg & Guttmann
Nick Danziger
Rineke Dijkstra
Jim Dow
Bureau d’etudes
Francesco Jodice
Annie Leibovitz
Helmut Newton
Trevor Paglen
Martin Parr
Daniela Rossell
Wang Qingsong
Jules Spinatsch
Hiroshi Sugimoto
The Yes Men

Portraits and Power explores portraiture and the representation of political, economical and social power in the contemporary world through the works of contemporary artists. Portraits of famous political figures, investigations into the lifestyle of the social elite, as well as inquiries into the power structures of international institutions.

The exhibition explores its theme from three main standpoints: it analyses power as an expression of the charisma of those individuals who have become icons or symbols of their age; it probes the power of institutions and social models that either represent themselves or are represented in a critical light; and it investigates the hidden mechanisms of powerful authorities.

Portraits and Power is a project of the CCC Strozzina, with the consultancy of Peter Funnell (National Portrait Gallery, London), Walter Guadagnini ("UniCredit & Art" project) and Roberta Valtorta (Museum of Contemporary Photography, Cinisello Balsamo) coordinated by Franziska Nori (CCCS, Firenze).

Tags: Tina Barney, Christoph Brech, Rineke Dijkstra, Bureau d’études, Clegg & Guttmann, Francesco Jodice, Annie Leibovitz, The Yes Men, Helmut Newton, Trevor Paglen, Martin Parr, Wang Qingsong, Daniela Rossell, Hiroshi Sugimoto