A photographic journey through the city of Genoa, exploring the past of historic buildings, the contemporaneity of the first modern museums, and Franco Albini's interiors.
The protagonist of this new book by Giovanna Silva is the city of Genoa. From spontaneous walks through Genoa, in search of its contemporary architecture—hidden between causeways, sea, and steep hills—Silva moves to Franco Albini's interiors. Albini, called to design and rethink the city's museum system by the legendary figure of Caterina Marcenaro—the first historian of Italian art, thwarted by the entire male clan of the time—builds and perfects pieces of Genoa making it a more modern city. Silva's book is a look at these places that combine the past of historic buildings with the contemporaneity of the first modern museums. Her photos are in dialogue with those of Paolo Monti
, who instead photographed Albini's work during construction at the end of the forties.
"Genoa's token, as we know, is the Lanterna, and not much is even asked of it to play this role: at least, no more than a minimum of photogenicity. At the foot of the Lanterna, which is the monumental lighthouse that has watched over its harbour since the twelfth century, Genoa can be as disorderly as it wishes."—Valter Scelsi
Giovanna Silva lives and works in Milan. As a photographer
, she exposed at the Venice Biennale 2006 her work about the city of Bogotà, Colombia. She is the author of Desertions
, a chronicle of an american trip with designer Enzo Mari
. From 2005-2007 she contributed to Domus
and since september 2007 until september 2011 she was the Photo Editor of Abitare
. She photographed Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid for the Abitare's special issues Being Renzo Piano
and Being Zaha Hadid
, 6 month experience of architecture in the making. In 2011 she published the book, Orantes
, ed. Quodlibet. In 2012 she published Narratives/Relazioni: Baghdad, Green Zone, Red Zone, Babylon
, Mousse Publishing
She is in the editorial board of San Rocco
Magazine. She is the editor of Humboldt Books
. She has a column on Doppiozero.