The space in which exhibitions are presented greatly influences the feelings that the works are able to evoke in the viewer. Arrangements play an important role in the experience of visits, which is why institutions place great emphasis on being able to accompany visitors along the way. There are art experiences, however, that undo this, or at least reduce it to a single emotional and temporal core, as in the case of Micros.
Micros is a tiny exhibition, consisting of a single photograph, which in the last edition was created by artist, architect and photographer Martino Pietropoli. The uniqueness of the project lies precisely in considering the exhibition as a singular experience, which is realized at the moment when each person opens his or her own photo, sent in a letter after a request and distributed in a dimited edition of 100 copies.
The place where the letter is opened can change, as can the mood of the moment, all of which determines the form of Micros and the emotions it manages to arouse in a single, unrepeatable moment.
The director and creator of the project Rocco Rossitto explained the concept of the 1:100 A Personal Exhibition as follows, “I wanted to reduce everything to the bare minimum. A photo exhibition made from a single photo, without a place where there can be an audience. The exhibition comes to your home by mail and that’s where micros takes place. It is not actually the photo itself, but the reaction that each person will have seeing it, alone and reading the little curatorial note behind it. It is that reaction that is the focus of this edition. So even the time has been shortened: if-I say very generically-we take 1 hour to see a photo exhibition, here the whole thing will last how long? A few seconds? A minute? That’s the point of interest, though: to focus for a small amount of time, on a photo and see what effect it has on us. Above all: what questions does it trigger in us?
The photo you choose is a photo that has a detonating function: you may or may not like it, it doesn’t matter. But it will not leave you indifferent; it will trigger questions. And if no questions come to your mind, it will mean that you will be able to say that this was a ‘bad’ exhibition.” Martino is a very prolific creative, not only in the field of photography. As a photographer he then has a primary ability for me: his photos manage to bring some questions to you. It was not easy to choose one, but it was very nice.