Francesco Pergolesi: Heroes May 6 — July 1, 2016


We are proud to present the American debut of Italian photographer, Francesco Pergolesi (b. 1975, Venice), in a one-person exhibition, Heroes. The show opens May 6 and runs through July 1, 2016.

There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Francesco Pergolesi was raised in Spoleto, a small Italian village filled with artisan shops and small businesses. Now splitting his time between Spoleto and Barcelona, Pergolesi creates photographic tableaus inspired by memories from his past: narrow cobblestone streets, the sound of a hammer coming from the open door of a shoemaker; the smell of fresh bread from a baker, the steady beat of a sewing machine from an open window, the smell of old paper in a used bookstore. In Pergolesi’s world, these sights and smells drive his art making, as he seeks to preserve the past, before big-box and chain stores arrive.  As he says:

“When I was a child, I used to walk free, exploring my village streets. I loved to spend time in the little cobbler or the grocery where my grandmother sent me to shop. Time seemed to be extended and gave me a sense of freedom. I grew up loving neighborhoods where human relationships were the center of life. I understood these places were disappearing, pushed by a mysterious force, and a new era was coming.”

The impact of his upbringing can be seen in Heroes, Pergolesi’s project devoted to this disappearing landscape. A typical piece begins when the artist meets a person, or sees a shop, that evokes a memory. Working together, Pergolesi and his subject create a story that honors the past while preserving the present. In Pino, Spoleto, 2013, we see a woodcarver alone in his shop, shaping a block of wood. In Righetta, Milano, 2014, an older woman sits alone in a window lit by a small lamp, an homage to his grandmother who was a concierge in a hotel. In Alfred, Macerata, 2015, the owner proudly displays his knives and tools in his front windows. In Marlène, Spoleto, 2013, a woman sits in her fruit and vegetable store, lit by an industrial fluorescent tube.  

Francesco Pergolesi sees himself as a guardian of a vanishing world where people congregated to talk about families and daily activities. The artist presents his work as traditional photographic prints and as 5 x 7 x 2” / 9 x 12 x 3” photo boxes, lit from within. These small pieces force the viewer to stand inches away, creating an intimate interaction with strangers – it is what inspires Pergolesi every day, as he continues to wander the streets looking for a connection.

Work made prior to 2016: All images are available as 4 x 6" pigment print mounted to plexi, framed and backlit with LED light and 23½ x 35½" pigment print in a total edition of 10 + 2 APs. Pieces range in price from $1800 - $4000, depending on size and availability.

2016- Present: All images are available as 10 x 15" pigment print mounted to plexi, framed and backlit with LED light and 23½ x 35½" pigment print in an editions of 7 + 2 APs and 3 + 2 APs, respectively. Pieces range in price from $2200 - $4000, depending on size and availability.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 Install Image 1
Francesco Pergolesi
Install Image 1, 2016
 Install Image 2
Francesco Pergolesi
Install Image 2, 2016
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 Install Image 3
Francesco Pergolesi
Install Image 3, 2016
al 5, Via Margutta, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
al 5, Via Margutta, Roma, 2014
al 51, Via Margutta, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
al 51, Via Margutta, Roma, 2014
al 53, Via Margutta, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
al 53, Via Margutta, Roma, 2014
al 57, Via Margutta, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
al 57, Via Margutta, Roma, 2014
Alfred, Macerata
Francesco Pergolesi
Alfred, Macerata, 2015 (SOLD OUT SMALL)
Francesco Pergolesi
Alice, 2016
Arianna, Macerata
Francesco Pergolesi
Arianna, Macerata, 2015
Charlie, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
Charlie, Roma, 2016
Clark, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
Clark, Roma, 2016
Dafne, Torino
Francesco Pergolesi
Dafne, Torino, 2014
Dino, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
Dino, Roma, 2014
Gastone, Macerata
Francesco Pergolesi
Gastone, Macerata, 2013
Lisa, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
Lisa, Roma, 2016
M. Righè, Via Margutta, Roma
Francesco Pergolesi
M. Righè, Via Margutta, Roma, 2014
Marlène, Spoleto
Francesco Pergolesi
Marlène, Spoleto, 2013 (SOLD OUT SMALL)
Orfeo, Spoleto
Francesco Pergolesi
Orfeo, Spoleto, 2015
Francesco Pergolesi
Oskar, 2016
Paul, Arles
Francesco Pergolesi
Paul, Arles, 2014
Pino, Spoleto
Francesco Pergolesi
Pino, Spoleto, 2013 (SOLD OUT SMALL)
Popi, Karpathos
Francesco Pergolesi
Popi, Karpathos, 2013
Righetta, Milano
Francesco Pergolesi
Righetta, Milano, 2014 (SOLD OUT SMALL)
Roxy, Macerta
Francesco Pergolesi
Roxy, Macerta, 2015
Tatò, Spoleto
Francesco Pergolesi
Tatò, Spoleto, 2015
Venusia, Spoleto
Francesco Pergolesi
Venusia, Spoleto, 2015 (SOLD OUT)