Günther Förg
Children’s Holiday Camp at Chiavari 1986

Artwork details

Günther Förg born 1952
Children’s Holiday Camp at Chiavari
Colonia Marina di Chiavari
Date 1986
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 1800 x 1200 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Not on display

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In the 1930s the Fascist Party in Italy established a national network of 'colonie', summer holiday camps for children. These camps were either by the sea or in the mountains, places traditionally associated with good, clean air. The purpose of the 'colonie' was to provide moral and physical edification for the nation's children, thus ensuring the future glory of the Italian race. These buildings, standard examples of Modernist architecture, are also typical of Fascist structures of the period. By depicting them in a deserted and dilapidated state, in gloomy or wet weather, Förg highlights the totalitarian, Fascistic impulse which marred the utopian dream of much Modernist architecture.

August 2004

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