Mimmo Jodice, Terre Romane, Cartagène, 1994

“Mediterraneo”


By Mimmo Jodice

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

“But what was I thinking about earlier when I got lost by gazing away?”, Fernando Pessoa

Unlike Basilico, exhibited at Photomed in 2013, who reveled in capturing the banality of sites, Mimmo Jodice chooses subjects that are naturally powerful. Both photographers share however an amazing talent of expressing very personal and sensitive visions of their subjects through their respective ability to give them importance but without yielding to them or falling into complacency. Neither of them provides time references to the viewers. Both photographers merge the past and the present and thus project us into a future that suddenly becomes reassuring owing to the unchanging nature of things. Whilst Basilico, the Milanese, is marked by contemporary urban design, Jodice, the Neapolitan, seeks the origins of Mediterranean civilization. Anyone born near Herculaneum and endowed with artistic sensibility can only be but marked by a history which, in fine, is his own. Jodice claims to be Neapolitan by birth and by choice since Naples offers endless creative possibilities. With its bay and its vast city the archaeology of Naples is an inexhaustible source . Jodice photographs with medium-format black & white films. He optimizes the resources of the medium and produces intricate photographs that capture the emptiness of landscapes, the remains of time and the relationships with the past. Light plays a key role in his work: the moment at which he takes the photograph is essential, optimizing the lighting of the subject and encouraging the viewers to look beyond the surface of the photograph and to reach the imagination of the artist. Light remains an essential dimension of his work in the laboratory where he produces his own prints, developing and fixing the emotions that emanate from the antique statues which he brings back to life.

Philippe Sérénon

Where

Byblos Bank Headquarters
Elias Sarkis Avenue, Ashrafieh
Beirut

When

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Weekends: 10 am - 3 pm.