By Anne Leader

After widespread protests, including a flash-mob exhibition in Piazza San Marco, photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin will show his Mostri a Venezia (Monsters in Venice) at the former Olivetti typewriter showroom now owned by Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI). The show had been cancelled by Venice’s mayor, who wanted the show to go on in conjunction the unveiling of a controversial proposal for a new cruise route supported by the mayor. The photographer withdrew his photographs rather than meet the mayor’s demands for a later exhibition time. The relocated exhibition will open on 22 October 2015 and run through 6 January 2016. FAI hopes it will “inspire ideas and models of sustainable, alternative, and virtuous management and development for the good of Venice.” Let’s hope so.

In early September 2015, Venetians protested the cancellation of Gardins’ “Monsters of Venice” exhibition with a “flash show”

Gianni Berengo Gardin, Facing the Zattere on Canale della Giudecca, from Monsters in Venice. © Gianni Berengo Gardin. Courtesy Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia

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