In Rory Gardiner’s Walking Milan exhibition, the urbanscape lensed by the Australian architectural photographer reveals the city’s Northern outskirts’ vernacularism. Milan is a city comprising different realities but they all share the feature of ordinarity and architectural exceptionalities. Through the eyes of Gardiner and his sensibility, those familiar with Milan and Italian urbanscapes are faced with a sense of banality and stillness–that same feeling given by Italian provinces. Although almost impersonal, the photographed places hold enough of a sense of sobriety, down the line of Luigi Ghirri’s heritage aesthetics.

A city is defined by its intersecting geometries and topography, which are constantly evolving, particularly in the outskirts. Australian photographer Rory Gardiner is driven by this concept in his exploration of city architectures. Walking Milan is a series commissioned by C41, in which Gardiner visually captures the architectural and social aspects of the arts scene in northern Milan. The photographs selected for the series are a result of his initial walk through the area, providing an insightful investigation into the vernaculars found in the city’s periphery.

Rory Gardiner is an Australian photographer of architecture, interiors, and landscape. Gardiner shoots primarily with medium format and film cameras, and collaborates with leading architectural firms such as Taller Hector Barroso, Tadao Ando, and Winwood McKenzie among others.

The exhibition is on view until March 31st, 2024, Monday to Friday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Guided visits can be made on appointment.