New Sicilian Topographics

a photographic exhibition in association with the Philadelphia 20/20 Festival, September 2021

Massimo Cristaldi, Sandro Scalia and Blaise Tobia

The 1975 photo exhibition "New Topograhics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape" at George Eastman House was highly influential and changed the way a generation of
photographic artists approached landscape photography. Among its featured artists were Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Frank Goehlke and Stephen Shore, who decisively replaced
the traditional sentimentality of landscape with an often brutal criticality, especially in the face of banal human interventions and degradations of the natural environment.

Massimo Cristaldi (Catania, Sicily), Sandro Scalia (Palermo, Sicily) and Blaise Tobia (whose four grandparents emigrated from Calatafimi, Sicily) bring a similar critical eye to their
documentation of the Sicilian landscape - especially that of the new suburbs of the major cities. This is a Sicily very different from that of the tourism industry.


(c) Sandro Scalia - from the series Città in Estensione

(c) Massimo Cristaldi - from the series Suspended

(c) Blaise Tobia - Parking Garage, Mazzara Del Vallo


Art on the Avenue Gallery, 3808 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia: September 16-26 2021

Th 9/16 5-8 • Fr 9/17 5-8 • Sa 9/18 12-6 • Th 9/23 5-8 • Fr 9/24 5-8 • Sa 9/25 12-8 • Su 9/26 12-6
and by appointment

reception: Saturday, September 25, 5-8 PM

gallery walkthrough: Sunday 9/26 at 2:30 PM
Blaise Tobia will lead ther tour; Sandro Scalia and Massimo Cristaldi will participate by Zoom.

Photo 20/20 Festival Massimo CristaldiSandro ScaliaBlaise Tobia