David Lynch
The Factory Photographs
MAST. Gallery, Bologna
Photo: Maurizio Marinelli
MAST proudly presents the Italian debut of the Factory Photographs by David Lynch, an exhibition collecting 111 works of the artist.

Since October 2013, MAST (Arts, Experience and Technology) has opened its Gallery exclusively to works of industrial photography from its collection, with the production of three exhibitions.
The exhibition of David Lynch's industrial photographs in Italy, together with some of his videos and films, starts the MAST Gallery’s first collaboration with artists different from the ones represented in its collection. For this occasion, the MAST Auditorium will be used as projection hall.

David Lynch's black-and-white photographs exude his fascination with factories, his obsession with smokestacks, chimneys, machinery, darkness and mystery. For more than 30 years now, Lynch has been photographing derelict monuments of industrialization: brick structures with arches, cornices, domes, and towers, with portals and high windows, resemble cathedrals. These are remnants of a lost world, when factories were proud milestones of progress, today deserted wastelands, scenarios for stories loaded with the emotional aura so characteristic of Lynch.
The photographs were shot between 1980 and 2000, depicting factories in and around Berlin and in Poland, England, New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles. It is as if the soot, or the vapors and fine dust of the place have deposited themselves onto their surface: they look like charcoal drawings, haptic, the graphic lines in inky black and shades of gray.

In a captivating way, the photographs reveal the unmistakable hand of Lynch: magical, surreal imagery resemble dreamlike sequences in subjects, moods, and nuances of color. They evoke the labyrinthine, brooding and enigmatic quality of his films.

The exhibition features 124 photographs, some of which have never been displayed before, in 28 x 35.6 cm and 100 x 150 cm formats. It also includes a selection of Lynch's earliest and less-known short films, as well as an audio composition of his.

David Lynch, an icon of American cinema, was born in Missoula, Montana in 1946 and lives in Los Angeles. A director, screenwriter and producer, he is also an accomplished painter, musician, designer and photographer. He initially devoted himself to painting: in 1966 he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he created his first short film. He later moved to Los Angeles. Lynch's first film, Eraserhead (1977) became a "cult classic". Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) each brought him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Dune (1984), Wild at Heart (1990), Lost Highway (1997), The Straight Story (1999), INLAND EMPIRE (2006) and the television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991) have been honored with numerous awards, including the César Award for Best Foreign Film, the Palme d’Or at Cannes and a Golden Lion for Career Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.


Exhibition curated by Petra Giloy-Hirtz, in collaboration with MAST and the Photographers’ Gallery, London.
As part of the exhibition, some of Lynch's short films will be shown in a continuous loop: Industrial Soundscape, Bug Crawls, Intervalometer: Steps.

On the days of special opening the film Industrial Symphony #1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted with Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern and mucic by Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise, will be projected in the MAST Auditorium.

For the occasion of the exhibition, a booklet curated by MAST Foundation will be printed containing 34 Factory Photographs by David Lynch, 14 of which have never been shown, complete with texts by Petra Giloy-Hirtz and Urs Stahel.

The book David Lynch: The Factory Photographs by Petra Giloy-Hirtz, published by Prestel Verlag, Munich-London-New York, 2014, will be available at the Gallery entrance.

The Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna Film Archive) will dedicate a film review to David Lynch from 27th to 30th of September.