Venetian Way: Photographs Reveal Artisans at Work

Venetian Way,  organized by the Michelangelo Foundation at Homo Faber, is an photography exhibition celebrating craftsmanship. Italian photographer Susanna Pozzoli shows that behind every handcrafted item lies passion, skill, dexterity and many hours of dedicated effort, as she discovered when she spent time in 21 artisanal workshops in Venice and Veneto. “Venetian Way is not about the beauty of the final object… It is about the beauty of loving the work itself,” says Pozzoli.

The artisanal richness of the Veneto region by atelier Ballin Susanna Pozzoli © Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

Behind every handcrafted item lies passion, skill, dexterity and many hours of dedicated effort, as Italian photographer Susanna Pozzoli discovered when she spent time in 21 artisanal workshops in Venice and Veneto.

The artisanal richness of the Veneto region by atelier Valese Susanna Pozzoli © Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

Craftspeople working alone, intimate workshops and factories opened their doors to the photographer so she could capture precious moments during the process of making glass, brocade, costumes, lace, gondolas, masks, metal and jewellery sculptures, shoes, ceramics, capes, handmade books, furniture, wood sculptures and wool and silk textile.

The artisanal richness of the Veneto region by atelier Tramontin Susanna Pozzoli © Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

The selected workshops demonstrate a diverse array of skills, techniques and talents, yet comprise just a sample of the enormous artisanal richness in the Veneto region.

The artisanal richness of the Veneto region by atelier Barbon Susanna Pozzoli © Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

It was important to Pozzoli to use analogue rather than digital photography since working with film requires the same careful, precise, disciplined approach as that of the artisans she photographed.

The artisanal richness of the Veneto region by atelier Valese Susanna Pozzoli © Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

With this empathy and respect for the process of creation, she has captured these exceptional masters at work, focusing on their gestures and processes.

The artisanal richness of the Veneto region by atelier Ballin Susanna Pozzoli © Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

The resulting collection of photographs is a poem in pictures, which invites visitors to imagine the moments just before and just after the instant portrayed.

Venetian Way is one of 14 exhibition spaces that make up Homo Faber, a major new exhibition celebrating European craftsmanship, organized by the Michelangelo Foundation.

See inside the artisan’s workshop at Homo Faber, 14-30 September 2018.

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