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Gianfranco Iannuzzi

  • Getting inside the art


This year's son et lumière show in the Carrières de Lumière takes us into a midsummer night's dream with Marc Chagall. A stunning spectacle created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, a man entranced by images since childhood. This fascination with images is perhaps natural for someone who grew up in Venice. "As a child I understood the power of vision through the reflections in the lagoon, the wavelets slightly altering reality while leaving its essence intact." His studies and his early career teaching sociology did nothing to weaken his love of the image, photography especially. It was a trip to see the Rencontres d'Arles photo festival that led him to discover Provence, its light, its blue skies – and the quarries now known as the Carrières de Lumière. For Gianfranco Iannuzzi images offer endless journeys, a way to convey powerful, meaningful emotions through silence. "Finding the quarries gave me the ideal place to make my fantasies come true. I've produced 20 shows here in the past 26 years. I express myself here by bringing the place to life and working with raw materials, giving them movement for a fleeting moment and putting the visitor right inside the artwork." He says it tugs at his heartstrings to see children moving with the images, trying to catch them. It's a more playful way for them to approach art, more emotional and less intellectual.