Günther Förg

Children’s Holiday Camp at Chiavari


Not on display

Günther Förg 1952–2013
Original title
Colonia Marina di Chiavari
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Image: 1800 × 1200 mm
Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996

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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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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