Dario Fo presents new Marco Polo
Italian Nobel prize-winning playwright Dario Fo is the curator of an exhibition of works by a little-known photographer he considers the new Marco Polo.
The show, entitled Altro Mondo (Other World), will feature 56 giant images Adriano Gamberoni shot on his travels around the Third World.
Fo will inaugurate Altro Mondo at this Adriatic city's plush new 'Curvone' multi-storey car park complex on July 21.
"Marco Polo reached China by climbing up and down mountains and crossing seas," said the 81-year-old left-wing playwright.
"Gamberoni has more or less covered the same route, armed with the camera he used to write his version of The Travels of Marco Polo".
Almost all of the works at the show, which will run until August 15, have never been on public display before.
They portray the pride, desperation and joy of some of the globe's most deprived people as they go about their everyday business.
There is a young Ghanaian boy doubled up with the weight of a sack he is carrying on his back, the fatigue clear in the strain on his face.
An Ethiopian prisoner stares at viewers through a barbed-wire barrier in another shot.
A group of child Tibetan monks dance happily as they wait to see the Dalai Lama.
"I try to represent another reality, other cultures and ways of life that are distant but, at the same time, close because human values are universal," explained Gamberoni, who is based in Pesaro.
"I seek to highlight the two sides of those living at the margins of society, the darkness and the light of the soul".
Fo came across Gamberoni's work while he was in Pesaro last year for the city's Rossini Opera Festival.
It was love at first sight.
"There is nothing accidental about the way he creates his images," said the Nobel prize-winner.
"Each photo is calculated and projected from his brain. Photography is not just art, it's more - it's science".
Fo, a theatre director and actor as well as a writer, won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997.