Image of Michelangelo Pistoletto's photographs La conferenza

Photograph from Michelangelo Pistoletto's series La conferenza

Detail from Michelangelo Pistoletto's photograph series La conferenza

Detail from Michelangelo Pistoletto's photograph series La conferenza

Detail from Michelangelo Pistoletto's photograph series La conferenza

Detail from Michelangelo Pistoletto's photograph series La conferenza

La conferenza

1975

AUTHORITARIAN POWER

A speaker stands in front of an audience made up of twenty people. Everyone is given a camera.
The audience photographs the lecturer and at the same time the lecturer photographs the audience.

At the end we have the image of the lecturer reproduced twenty times, while the whole audience has been reproduced in a single image, the one taken by the lecturer. This is a photograph of authoritarian power: the whole of the public is concentrated in the person of the speaker, while the person of the speaker is multiplied by the number of people in the audience.

—Michelangelo Pistoletto

MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
La conferenza
1975
Twenty-one parts, each:
11 13/16 x 15 3/4 inches (30 x 40 cm)

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