The Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in Milan is currently presenting the exhibition An American Story: Photographs by Gordon Parks. A joint collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, the exhibition was curated by Alessandra Mauro. It is the largest European retrospective dedicated to the work of one the most important African-American artists of the twentieth century, and for that reason it should not be missed.
As a civil rights activist and photojournalist, first for the Farm Security Administration and ultimately for Life magazine, Mr. Parks, according to curator Mauro, “dug deep into society’s recesses, revealed injustices and abuses of power, and brought to light the stories of those who had no voice to broadcast them for themselves.”
Mr. Parks captured segregation, poverty, crime, and prejudice, but he also documented the fight against these injustices and hardships, photographing the likes of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Muhammad Ali.
A veritable “Renaissance Man,” Parks was also a writer and poet, a musician and a film director. “While his work may defy simple classification,” says Mauro, “perhaps the key to understanding it best is as that of a professional narrator, the traditional storyteller drawing on his own experience of living and suffering to create his stories. Throughout his career, Gordon Parks attempted to tell many stories, illustrating them with exemplary images. Stories of groups fighting for survival, small communities isolated from the world, people on the edge or those already in the spotlight who need, however, to be better understood.”
Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia
Milano, Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro, 1
An American Story, photographs by Gordon Parks
From 25th April to 23rd June 2013.
Daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
Thursdays from 10 am until 10 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission €7.50, concession €6, schools €4.
Information: 02 58118067.
By Ken Baldino for FADItaly