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The Rivus Altus – Cronorama in 10 Years

February 6, 2024

From February 7th to April 7th, 2024, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi hosts, on the fourth floor, the photographic installation THE RIVUS ALTUS – CRONORAMA IN 10 YEARS, from a project by architect and photographer Massimiliano Farina.

60,557 tiles, over 500 hours of observation from 2013 to 2023, more than 16,000 people portrayed. These are the numbers of the project that represents a true "attempt at exhaustion" of the most photographed, painted, and known Venetian panorama in the world: the view from the Rialto Bridge and the incessant flow of people who, in turn, observe it.

At Fondaco, the installation will be realized by 78 screens, which will combine to form a single image, composed of 78 time-lapses, repeating themselves, creating a video installation of over 10,000 shots, taken from the same position, on the Rialto Bridge, at various times of the day and throughout the different seasons. In addition, six large-scale photographs of ordinary people, captured in black and white while pausing to admire the famous sixteenth-century structure, will be exhibited on three walls of the events pavilion.

Massimiliano Farina was inspired in this research by the text of the French writer Georges Perec "Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien" (Paris, 1975), in which the author explores a square of the city of light from different perspectives and at different times, carefully recording every change.
Born in Milan in 1974, Massimiliano Farina graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan. Since 1991, he has dedicated himself to reportage photography, architecture, and documentation of the territory, collaborating both on commission and on personal artistic projects. In 2010, he founded the communication studio Farina Zerozero. In 2012, he initiated the "Rivus Altus" research on the Rialto Bridge in Venice, still ongoing. Since 1997, he has exhibited in various galleries between Venice and Milan. He has also published catalogs and photographic essays.

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