FE 2015

Un progetto del Comune di Reggio nell'Emilia
Comune di Reggio Emilia – Città delle persone

  • Trauma, Pino Torinese 2014 © Pierluigi Fresia
    Trauma, Pino Torinese 2014 © Pierluigi Fresia
  • I know what… Pino Torinese 2015 © Pierluigi Fresia
    I know what… Pino Torinese 2015 © Pierluigi Fresia
  • Something like… Pino Torinese 2015 © Pierluigi Fresia
    Something like… Pino Torinese 2015 © Pierluigi Fresia

Pierluigi Fresia, Why did you lie to me?


Pierluigi Fresia is not just a photographer. A poet he might be, an artist he certainly is.

His works are not photos on which he has pasted phrases or words. They are not merely the sum of image and text. His creations are concepts imbued with existentialism. Within them, the relationship between image and writing is subverted: what are we to consider as the ‘image’ in his work? Is it photography or is it the word? It is the latter.

The intent behind the works is to actively engage the viewer, who observes, reads, tries to find the link between image and text, cannot find it, and rummages through his or her own pool of knowledge, looking for answers and certainties. The artist has no truth to offer but invites observers to construct personal, subjective stories: every work is a potential story, the incipit is given and the variations are infinite.

Fresia destabilizes, disorients, forces self-reflection through apparent enigmas, granting the freedom to create and recreate something that only exists within those who linger in front of what is given.

Words, concepts with infinite duplicates, as many as the number of people who read, pronounce and listen to them, and who by so doing compare and contrast them in order to recognize them, to give them meaning with their own lives, their own experiences, whether good or bad, with their expectations, with their hopes.

Words need to be recognized each time and no word will be the same as any another, or even the same as itself, if it is read, thought about and pronounced by different individuals, at different times.

Pierluigi Fresia’s works exhibited here are part of the group exhibition No Man Nature.


Exhibition curated by Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini
Works by Darren AlmondEnrico BedoloRicardo CasesPierluigi FresiaStephen GillDominique Gonzalez-Foerster e Ange LecciaMishka HennerAmedeo MarteganiRichard MosseThomas RuffBatia SuterCarlo ValsecchiHelmut Völter


The approach chosen for the No Man Nature exhibit is to explore the topics of ‘nature without man’ and ‘man without nature’, suggesting a heuristic reflection flowing from two opposite extremes. These extremes no longer mean just the unexplored, the unknown, the invisible and the unimaginable, but actually imply the possibility of a world no longer inhabited by man and, at the opposite end, of man’s invention of a world no longer inhabited by nature. These possibilities can in turn be perceived as dangers: on the one hand, there is the ecological danger of the destruction of nature and the self-destruction of the human species, and on the other, there is the danger of a “technological” euphoria with the attendant isolation of the human being from the world.   And again: sometimes we yearn to live in an unspoilt and deserted natural environment, like a dream of an impossible new beginning, while at the same time we are building a world modelled entirely on the virtual and the imaginary, including a natural world that is equally virtual and imaginary.

Finally, we might argue that if things are, or are going, that way, then there must be a reason for it. Hence, our reflection on extreme cases will also be an inquiry into ‘where we are at’. The exhibit uses images in order to raise these questions, putting forward examples that will urge viewers to ask themselves what their own position is with regard to these questions.

The general idea is always to use photography not as a document and a representation in itself, but as an opportunity in terms of the questions it elicits and its thought-provoking power. The issues raised about the man-nature relationship thus also become a metaphor of the role and function of photography.


Pierluigi Fresia (Asti, 1962). On completing his studies, he started his artistic career as a painter and over the years he has increasingly combined painting with photography and the written word.

Pierluigi Fresia’s works have been shown at many contemporary art and photography exhibits and events (ARTISSIMA, Fiera Di Bologna, ArtVerona, MIART, MIA, Arco Madrid, Daegu Photo Biennale, and Fotografia Europea), in several group and solo exhibits in public institutions and private galleries, and are part of various contemporary art collections owned by private collectors, foundations and museums, including MART in Rovereto and GAM in Turin.


Saturday, May 16


11am_Teatro Cavallerizza
No Man Nature: Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini with Enrico Bedolo, Pierluigi Fresia, Mishka Henner, Carlo Valsecchi, Helmut Völter. Book signing to follow


2pm_Palazzo da Mosto
No Man Nature: Enrico BedoloPierluigi FresiaMishka HennerCarlo ValsecchiHelmut Völter and curators answer at questions by public

exhibition venue

Palazzo da Mosto
via Mari, 7
42121 Reggio Emilia


opening hours

• during the inaugural days
05/15 › 7pm - midnight
05/16 › 10am - midnight
05/17 › 10am - midnight
• from May 22 to July 26 the exhibits are open from friday to sunday
Friday › 4pm-11pm
Saturday › 10am-11pm
Sunday and holidays › 10am-8pm


Palazzo da Mosto