Silvia Camporesi, After Zabriskie, Courtesy Galleria z2o

“Italian Photography”


By Silvia Camporesi, Simona Ghizzoni, Beatrice Pediconi, Fabrizio Bellomo, Massimo Siragusa

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

Dreams and visions

This exhibition bears witness to the vitality and variety of visual research in Italy today. The artists use photography and video to explore traditions and give them new life, each artist reflecting in a specific way upon the notion of the present and her role as a creator of images in a land which for centuries has thrived on images. Dreams and Visions. Three women photographers, three established artists of the Italian contemporary art scene, who by means of different methods use images and video to interpret their own lives, real or imaginary, with a new, poetic and intense vision. Each artist exhibits two photographic corpuses in different formats, thus creating their own histories and visions within a body of work in which communication takes place through memories and symbols. Silvia Camporesi (Forlì, 1973) often produces series of works which convey her interpretation of her own world, at times light and amusing, at times darker, shrouded in a magical and disquieting atmosphere of expectation. Her work is marked by the influences of literature and art as a whole (such as the Zabriskie Point diptych as a tribute to Antonioni), or simply uses scenes of daily life. The subtle and evocative color images of Simona Ghizzoni (Reggio Emilia, 1977) always include a feminine character as the true protagonist of each story or vision, like a fleeting impression captured just before it disappears forever. This is the case in the series produced for Alina Marazzi’s feature film “Tout parle de toi” (2011), featuring Charlotte Rampling. In the images of Beatrice Pediconi (Roma, 1972) nothing is what it seems to be and everything appears as the result of a process of material transformation similar to a transfer of substances, like raw material undergoing constant changes, taking new shapes and telling new stories, showing new signs and new visions.

Daily Scenes

The “Daily Scenes” exhibition invites the viewer to take a stroll through famous sites of Italian architectural tradition, from Roman amphitheaters to colorful shopping malls. The large color photographs of Massimo Siragusa (Catania, 1958) display antique and modern public spaces that are part of our daily lives. These images are willingly frontal and accurate as were the works of the 18th century landscape painters. They form a catalogue of the sites and spaces where our daily social exchanges and interactions take place, except that they are as empty as De Chirico’s theater scenes. Could such empty spaces be populated by the characters of Fabrizio Bellomo’s videos? (Bari, 1982) The “characters” selected by the author inhabit these otherwise empty spaces and give shape and rhythm to staged role-plays of today’s society, worthy of a major playwright. The films on peddlers on the beaches of Bari portray the construction of a pantomime of complex human relationships deceptively simple at first glance but which is the result of long and meticulous work. Likewise, the young people photographed in a swimming pool during the preparation of a summer party become real actors, with attitudes and gazes full of emotions, of this staged daily scene which is the “site” where their lives are being played.

 

Where

Beige gallery, Beirut Jewellery Souks
Beirut Central District

When

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

12:00pm - 8:00pm