Martin Parr
Toiletpaper & Martin Parr
Jul 2 – Feb 27, 2022
Villa Medici
Rome, Italy

The exhibition brings together for the first time the British photographer Martin Parr and the two creators of the magazine TOILETPAPER, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, for a hypnotic journey into the heart of a visual repertoire bursting with colors.

The exhibits are presented as an installation of more than forty photographs that take up a part of the Villa Medici’s Renaissance gardens offering a space to wander at leisure based on a layout designed by Alice Grégoire and Clément Périssé, architects and Fellows of the French Academy in Rome in 2020–2021.

The exhibition takes as its starting point the collaboration between Martin Parr, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari around the book ToiletMartin PaperParr published in 2020 by Damiani and brings into close relation the most emblematic images from the abundant archives of these three artists. The human body, food and animals are among the recurring motifs that punctuate this photographic project, which plays on our contemporary obsession with images.

From small formats to monumental prints, the photographs exhibited at Villa Medici embrace the landscape in a play of scales that underlines the biting and irreverent spirit of their authors. What better setting than the gardens of a Renaissance palace to recast the interplay of delicious contrasts? Meticulously composed images and scenes captured from everyday life resonate to form a powerful photographic narrative in which the vernacular and surrealist fiction com(mingle).