While travelling around the world, Del Curto photographed workers’ and botanical gardens, city scenes, unrepeatable sights, botanical research laboratories... His dedication and the sharpness of his perception endowed the photos with vigour and a peculiar sensibility. The Belgrade audience will be able to see them from March 23 to April 29.
As a self-taught photographer, Mario del Curto (1955, Switzerland) became involved in photography while reporting on social movements in Switzerland during the 1970s. He later reported on theatre and dance as an independent photographer, developing his own style of scene photography. Since the 1980s, he has been interested in Art Brut and has dedicated a number of exhibitions, works and films to it. He has long been exploring the relationship between humans and the plant world. He has exhibited his works all over the world and his photographs can be found in several international galleries and museums, including the Musée de l'Élysée and the Collection de l'art brut, where he is also a member of the Advisory Board.
The first contacts of the photographer Mario del Curto with Serbia date back to the 1990s and they are rooted in his strong interest in Art Brut. Since 2000, he has been collaborating on many projects with the Museum of Naive and Marginal Art in Jagodina. In 2002, his first exhibition in Belgrade was organized by the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia at the Cvijeta Zuzorić Pavilion.
The present exhibition is part of the programme of the Days of Belgrade, an event held every year from April 16 to April 19. On the occasion of celebrating the Earth Day, April 22, a stage performance will be organized by the artistic group Cultural Element at the exhibition venue.
The exhibition is supported by the Swiss Embassy in Belgrade and the Pro Helvetia Foundation.