Gabriele Basilico

From San Francisco to Silicon Valley
January 26–June 15, 2008

Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico creates beautiful, often haunting portraits of urban environments that favor areas of transition and transformation. His pictures are marked by an eerie stillness — and a notable absence of people — that propels architecture and landscape to the forefront and turns the viewer’s attention to frequently overlooked places. This exhibition presents a series of nearly 50 black-and-white and color photographs taken by Basilico at the invitation of SFMOMA during a monthlong residency in the Bay Area last summer. Chronicling the impact of the technology boom on the region, this exhibition will be the first of an ongoing project focused on Silicon Valley, in which artists will document the area on film. Basilico’s objective style and affinity for observing marginalized urban settings in a classical mode promises a compelling counterpoint to future installments in the project.

This exhibition is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Support for this exhibition has been provided by Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Gabriele Basilico, San Francisco, 2007, 2007; collection of the artist; © Gabriele Basilico