British conceptual artist Victor Burgin has been influential both as an artist and as a theorist of the still and moving image. Commissioned by the CCA, Voyage to Italy comprises two series of black and white photographs and an evocative video that engage the timeless beauty and lasting resonance of a nineteenth-century Carlo Fratacci photograph of Pompeii in the CCA collection.
Victor Burgin: Voyage to Italy is the third of four exhibitions in the Tangent series, which brings contemporary artists into dialogue with the CCA Collection and results in newly commissioned works. The Fratacci image selected by Burgin derives from an album of 26 albumen silver prints entitled Principales Vues de Pompéi par Charles Fratacci, Naples 1864. The photograph depicts a wide flight of stone steps in the foreground leading to a rectangular space flanked by broken colonnades. Standing in this space is a woman whose placement among the columns and her field of view are Burgin’s point of departure for a reflection on the architectural space as well as the emotional impact of a lonely figure among the ruins.
Curator: Hubertus von Amelunxen, CCA visiting curator.