The work Galimberti selected for MON are dream-like, relaxing images as is the home itself; simple and fragile as is the gaze of photography.
The "Silent Images" Collection represents an on-board diary, sensations and visual emotions punctuated by single shots, resulting in a lyrical and interpretative reality. The images are a dynamic dialogue between memory and imperfection, suspended between dream and desire.
Through Galimberti's shots you can perceive an eye deeply in love with the world, touching on all ethnicities and religions. It creates a visual impression transposed on experimental film, a delicate reminder that life is ephemeral.
The artist took many of the selected photographs in Paris, a city dear to him and his main laboratory of photographic vision from 1997 to present . Paris is both sweet and bitter for the artist; it is the city of time lost. Time never spent with his father. A journey that has remained unfinished since 1977, when his father Giorgio died suddenly. From this emotional chasm comes a sense of emptiness and the physical need to fill it.
Galimberti draws inspiration from the Parisian environment; from the Bauhaus school to the avant-garde movements of Cubism, Dadaism and Futurism with particular attention to the work of Duchamp, Braque, Picasso, Breton and Jean Cocteau. His obsession with the perfect shot encapsulates many influences; from Mario Schifano and his object assemblages; to that of Duchamp’s Dadaist ready-made; to the interplay of light and dark in the work of Man Ray.
Maurizio Galimberti was born in Como in 1956. He moved permanently to Milan in the nineties. He approaches the world of analogue photography starting with the use of a Widelux rotating lens camera and since 1983 he has focused his commitment, in a radical and definitive way, on Polaroid. In 1985 the turning point. Galimberti meets Alan Fidler, engineer of the Polaroid company, who shows him the Collector, an accessory of the famous camera used up to then to duplicate photos and catalog small objects. He was the first in the world to create portraits by reinventing, with this tool, the particular technique of "Photographic Mosaic". The first experiment dates back to 1989 when he portrays his son Giorgio. The portraits made among others by the stylist Michele Trussardi, the étoile Carla Fracci and the artist Mimmo Rotella will follow this. The reference to the photo dynamism of the brothers Arturo and Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia and the search for rhythm and movement is evident. Numerous are the portraits executed in the world of cinema, art and culture. With guaranteed popularity and success, he became the official portraitist for several editions of the Venice Film Festival. His portrait of Johnny Depp, made during the 2003 edition, was chosen as the cover of the September "Times Magazine". In 1991 he began his collaboration with Polaroid Italia of which he became the official testimonial by creating the volume POLAROID PRO ART published in 1995. He was named "Instant Artist" and is the creator of the "Polaroid Collection Italiana". In 1992 he obtained the prestigious "Gran Prix Kodak Advertising Italy". In 1999 the Italian magazine "Class" places him at the top of the merit rankings as an Italian portrait photographer. The "Mosaic" soon became the technique for portraying not only faces, but also landscapes, architecture and cities. With balance, Galimberti alternates the emotion for the composition - where the search for the rhythm of which the Mosaics is an example is more evident - with a propensity towards the particular, towards the intimate scene to be filmed and immortalized, whose rendering is represented from a single shot in the single polaroid. His works on the landscape, on cities and on the space that characterizes these subjects alternate these two different ways of narrating the same reality. Between 1997 and 1999 he carried out two important works for the cities of Paris and Lisbon. From here begins the reflection on the importance of being able to tell the story, the music, the experience of a place through images. In 2003 he dedicated his work to the creation of the book "Viaggio in Italia", a story of our country through Single Polaroids. In 2006 he went to New York for the first time and began his research on light, on the energy inspired by this new city which for the artist becomes the ideal representation of the contemporary world. Also in 2006 for Kerakoll Design he created the volume New York Matericomovimentosa. In October 2009 he participated as a testimonial at photography fairs in Hong Kong and Las Vegas, creating portait performances with Lady Gaga and Robert De Niro. In 2013 he presented the Landscape Italy project in Venice. The exhibition, which has become a traveling project, is exhibited in various Italian locations and finally in New York. On the occasion of EXPO 2015 he presents the publication Milano by Maurizio Galimberti and the exhibition Metamorfosi. The rising city. During his career, many critics and personalities of contemporary culture have written for him, including Nicola Piovani and Dario Fo. Maurizio Galimberti, like an explorer, gradually arrives at the invention of a technique that will make his language exceptional. The Polaroid camera becomes the extension of his gaze, the tool that more than others allows him to reduce the distance from the subject being shot and to be able to grasp, in real proportions, the imperceptible details, in a multitude of shots shown in the single work.
"Sometimes the silent rhythm of my portraits makes the subjects ask themselves a question:" Maurizio, where do I look, what do I do? " I don't answer and shoot without losing a second ... in five minutes the shoot is over ... in perfect order ... ready to be edited ... without adding anything ".