In the summer of 2008, five years after the construction of the MOSE, the high-tide defence system of Venice, Walter Niedermayr and Stephen Shore undertook a photographic study on the area housing the construction sites, now published in two monographs by Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea. Support was provided by the Venezia Nuova Consortium and sponsorship by the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice.
"Stephen Shore’s Preliminary Report on the MOSE in Venice is presented as a collection of documentary materials relative to the phenomenon of high-tide flooding and the construction of new moveable dams in defence of the lagoon territory. Archive photographs, newspaper cuttings, historical maps, technical drawings, engineering schemes and views of the landscape follow on from one another like heterogeneous elements of an investigation underway, organised in ideal terms in a sequence which attempts to impose order on a mass of different representations: from the impact of the tide to the international debate, from the laboratories of chemical-physical analysis to marine ecology, from the waters to the planning offices, from the geography to the building sites. Within this apparently linear display structure, every page continues to question us, as subtly as it is insistent, on the very fragmentary nature of what we see and think." From the text by Antonello Frongia.
Published by Linea di Confine, 2011
Catalogue edited by Antonello Frongia.
Format: 24.5 x 29 cm, 72 pp., text in Italian and English. Paperback.
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