Magazine article Artforum International

Mario Dondero: GALLERIA CA' DI FRA'/GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI

Magazine article Artforum International

Mario Dondero: GALLERIA CA' DI FRA'/GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI

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Mario Dondero, born in Milan in 1928, is a press photographer. His simultaneous--but belated--presence in two art galleries says something about the art system and its need to rediscover expressive currents buried in history, given the lack of anything truly new within the contemporary artistic panorama. This nostalgic operation gives us, in Dondero's case, a protagonist of the image, but it also tells us that at this point there is no longer any boundary between the art world and that of photography, since Dondero proudly states that he is "simply" a press photographer and that his profession is photojournalism; that is, shooting images for newspapers--those papers that, around the mid-1960s, often sought recourse in the strength of the image rather than that of the word. And so his images contain nothing "artistic," and nothing conceived for the art market, which now appropriates all this with the clear intention of constructing new myths and thereby expanding its own possible territory of activity. There's nothing wrong with that, unless it misses the heart of Dondero's work, the ethical character that can be glimpsed in every shot, whether of Milan in the 1950s, Rome and la dolce vita in the '60s, Paris with its political upheavals in the '60s and '70s, or Africa in the second half of the '70s.

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Dondero was an acute portraitist of the Italian writers and artists of the period--Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia, Jannis Kounellis and Alberto Burri, among others--and of the French intelligentsia embodied by the likes of Louis Althusser and Jean Genet. …

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