From 21 January to 1 April at the Italian Cultural Institute of Moscow, the exhibition ‘Scarti scelti’ (Select Discards) by Riccardo Zipoli, emeritus professor of Persian language and literature at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, is open to the public.
The so-called ‘select discards’ were created during the printing of the book ‘In Domo Foscari, memorie e immagini di un ateneo’ (In Domo Foscari, memories and images of a university), containing a selection of photographs of the buildings of Ca’ Foscari, which was prepared to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University. In order to reduce paper waste, test prints were made not on new contact sheets but on those already printed, which had been rejected for various reasons. As a result, a number of unique and evocative superimposed images were accidentally produced, which, once we had cut them out from the contact sheets, we decided to put on display.
The exhibition brings together photographic reproductions of twenty-four of the fifty ‘select discards’ exhibited on the original typographic paper in the exhibition organized in Venice. Each of the twelve pairs is accompanied by an explanatory strip showing the three original images that gave rise to the corresponding pair of overprints.
The exhibition was organized and financed in a collaboration between the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Italian Cultural Institute of Moscow with the coordination of the Ca ‘Foscari Information Corner at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. After the exhibition in Moscow, the exhibition will continue in four other cities in Russia.
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