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A.F.I. Archivio Fotografico Italiano

Busto Arsizio / Castellanza VA

Renato Marcialis, Antonio Schiavano, Claudio Argenterio

The Italian Photographic Archive since 2006, the year of its founding, has dedicated itself with constant commitment to the enhancement and dissemination of photography, acquiring funds, protecting collections destined to dissolve, planning and developing research aimed at increasing the visual heritage, both historical and contemporary, with the aim of qualitatively enriching its collection.
Subjects are wide-ranging: from reportage to journalism, from geographic photography to Italian territory, from urban spaces to architecture, from portraits to labor, research and art photography, with a focus on historical and recent past images. Many projects translated into traveling exhibitions and valuable books, presented at the European level. Afi collaborates with public and private institutions, archives nationwide, schools and institutes, devising cognitive, practical and educational paths, examining regulations on visual heritage management, preservation and cataloguing, encouraging collecting, participating in conferences and educational plans at various schools. The launching of a publishing series, which has now reached more than 40 published volumes, has enabled Afi to put itself forward even outside national borders, with flattering acclaim, promoting Italian photography and the authors represented in international contexts and in contexts reserved for qualified operators and connoisseurs of photography and art. Afi is also a Fine Art Printing Workshop, which is appreciated by many artists. Noteworthy are the events organized annually. Among the most notable are the European Photography Festival, the Archivi Svelati Review, and projects to document and disseminate the environmental, landscape, artistic and architectural heritage of Lombardy and the peninsula. Afi boasts collaborations at the European level, participating for many years in the RIPs of Arles, in collaboration with the French municipality, in Grenoble proposing Italian photography and in Paris, with its own booth, as part of FOTOFEVER at the Carrousel du Louvre for several years. Since 2017, he has activated a time-projected collaboration with Photo Beijing in Beijing, with the aim of representing Italian photography in China and introducing Chinese artists to Italy. Participates in art fairs, offering fine art photography to collectors and experts at the European level.

Concept for this edition

The 3 actors differ in style that identify a quest aimed at combining aesthetics and content. From Renato Marcialis’ still lifes to Claudio Argentiero’s graphic sign landscapes to Antonio Schiavano’s material architecture.