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14.11.2022

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The act of seeing plays a significant role in Sagacity, Ventura’s main body of work, which he began in 1975 and continued until his death in 2020. The full title is Sagacity, Sunstar and Salamandra, an inscription identifying three horses: father, mother and son, which was engraved on a brass plate that Ventura discovered by chance in a typographer’s shop window. Writing about it, Ventura said, “It was the perfect title for me, a bit in the line of ‘objet trouvé’ poetry.” There was a second event that led to this project: a spy film on TV, also seen by chance, where the protagonist is betrayed by his boss, abandoned by his comrades, and so begins a personal search for the truth. The tension in the film is an important and positive element that encourages greater concentration and understanding. Sagacity is a piece of work that has grown and lived alongside the photographer: the reader now gets to discover and appreciate it, posthumously – also as a book, which was published by The Ice Plant in 2021.

Fulvio Ventura: Sagacity
Edited by Giulia Zorzi und designed by Jason Fulford
64 pages, 33 black and white images, 26 x 18 cm, English
The Ice Plant, 2021, courtesy Micamera, Milan

All images on this page: © Fulvio Ventura
Equipment: Leica M6 with 35 and 50mm lenses


A detailed portfolio can be found in the LFI magazine issue 8/2022.

Fulvio Ventura

Born in Turin in 1941, Ventura attended the Philosophical Faculty in Milan without graduating. While studying he also worked as a photo editor and assistant to Ugo Mulas. For a brief time, he was interested in photo reportage, before turning to conceptual photography. Numerous exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale, and at the Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival. Ventura passed away in 2020, at home in Ghiffa, on Lago Maggiore.

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