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Paolo Sacchi (IT)

Villa Giulia - Verbania

08.06.2022 | h 17
Price: free

On the occasion of 10 years of CROSS Project; exhibition open until Sunday 19 June 2022.

Open every day from 3pm to 7pm and on weekends also from 10am to 1pm.

CROSS Project met Paolo Sacchi in the early years on Lake Maggiore, partly by chance and partly by destiny. The geographical proximity and closeness of purpose allowed us to work side by side. Every year, every summer, in the towns and landscapes that have hosted CROSS Festival, Paolo has always been there, with his camera, to witness dance performances and bodies in movement. And in all these years his gaze has fallen on dozens of bodies: artists from different disciplines, with their feet on the stage or in the air, hanging from the historical buildings of our territory, bodies illuminated by the sun or by a torch in the dark, in indoor spaces or walking through the woods, in theatres and museums, Paolo has always been able to capture the essence of each performance and their performers.

Photographing the scene is something alienating and unique, it is a bit like entering without disturbing another artist’s project. And this work of his has accompanied us over the years, we have become passionate about his photography and have treasured each of his shots, and over time his images have continued to tour with artists. In recent years we have created virtual spaces and galleries with Paolo Sacchi’s images for CROSS, but always aware that we were not giving enough space to this concrete and emotional archive. Finally, after 10 years of travelling around Lake Maggiore, we are able to show Paolo Sacchi’s work in a photographic exhibition. For all of us it is a vivid memory, made up of anecdotes and “behind the scenes”, while for the public and the city it is an exhibition of great artistic value. We still think that a single exhibition is not enough to represent the enormous archive created together and which now consists of over 200 shows from every corner of the earth, but it is already an opportunity to present a selection of this great master and friend.

Finally, the curatorship was entrusted to Al Minuto, young and enterprising entrepreneurs of contemporary art. Their professionalism and outlook allowed the exhibition to take a joyful and professional form. Without the contribution of Giulia Grassi and Sara Magnone, this exhibition would not have been possible.

Paolo Sacchi, reporter and portraitist, has worked for a number of travel magazines in Italy and abroad, including Dove, Gulliver, Carnet, Style, Viaggi del Sole, Yacht and Sail, Travel, Leisure, Bon Appetit and Guide Lonely Planet. For the Getty Images agency he has done features for the Discovery Channel and various newspapers: New York Times – Los Angeles Times – U.S. Today – Boston Globe – Essence Magazine – Bloomberg Investor Magazine – Lexus Magazine. For Italia Nostra he published “Ritratto di un parco”, a year-long survey of the Bosco in Città and Parco delle Cave urban parks in Milan. In the field of industrial archaeology, he produced the exhibition “Per l’ultima volta fabbrica” (For the last time factory) on the historic Panizza hat factory in Ghiffa, on Lake Maggiore. However, the privileged field of his work is portraiture, through which he has investigated different worlds: art, work, family, entertainment. Among the various portrait works, commissioned by companies and private individuals, the photographic exhibition “Beyond”, exhibited in various locations, was particularly noteworthy: through studio poses and a black background the same for everyone, life-size people of all ages and social backgrounds were represented, in a project aimed at building a memory of our time. Paolo Sacchi keeps a blog, “Profondità di campo” (, where he uses words and images to reflect on life and his work.

Al Minuto’ is an entrepreneurial project focused on the world of art, design and cultural tourism. Conceived as an original multidisciplinary platform, Al Minuto’ is a space made to measure for everyone. A place to deepen and stimulate one’s inventiveness, to buy works of art, design objects and designer jewellery, to discover the work of artists and to benefit from numerous consultancy services (coordination and curatorship of exhibitions, interior projects, workshops, custom-made frames). Al Minuto’ won the “Competition of ideas for new business projects” promoted by the Buon Lavoro Foundation and was successful in the “MIP-Mettersi in Proprio” project organised by the Piedmont Region.