WHERE DOES THE DESIRE TO FIND BEAUTY IN THESE PLACES COME FROM? AND WHY TRY TO FIND IT HERE?
It is born as a critic and personal response to an increased awareness of living within a system that uses drama everywhere. I believe we are now unconsciously accustomed to consider an event interesting and noteworthy only if it contains some form of strong contrast, therefore if it is dramatic. Without drama there is no news and everything becomes boring, dull and not worth of our time. In simple terms we tend to use drama to make sensationalism.
With "Beauty In Hell" I am trying to express, through artistic sensibility and not sensationalism, exactly the opposite and show that also within these extremely hard situations beauty is always present… that the beauty inside the human being is present everywhere, even in places that could only be described as real life circles of Dante's Inferno.
WHERE CAN THIS BEAUTY BE SEEN AND WHAT DOES IT CONSIST OF?
Clearly any form of beauty in these places is not an easy thing to find. First of all we need to feel it inside ourselves, so that we will first be able to see it and then find a way to make people willing to show it. It can be seen in the eyes of the locals, in their daily activities, in the smiles with which they welcome you, but also in the rage and aggressiveness with which they approach you… in a few words in the spontaneity, simplicity and lack of malice with which they act.
Beauty is clearly visible in the sense of community and sharing that our society has nearly lost or perhaps has simply forgotten.
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BEAUTY IN HELL PROJECT:
2014 FONDAZIONE GHISLA ART COLLECTION (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Locarno (Switzerland) – 2 photographs 100x70cm (unique copies) became part of the Ghisla Art Collection
2014 FONDAZIONE GHISLA ART COLLECTION (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Locarno (Switzerland) – Solo Exhibition “Beauty In Hell 2013-2014″ – 22 October to 31 December 2014
2014 Arles Photo Festival (Le Magasin de Jouets Galerie) – Group Exhibition Winners of PX3 Grand Prix De La Photographie Paris
2014 Espace Beaurepaire, Paris - Group Exhibition as 1 of 40 winners of the PX3 Annual Curators Challenge – Paris, 2014
2014 Personal Exhibition in Locarno (Switzerland) at SWICA main offices (8 August to 18 October 2014) – first 10 days during the PARDO International Film Festival
2013 Personal Exhibition in conjunction with La Biennale di Venezia 2013 – Bangladesh Pavillion
2013 Group Exhibition in Dubai, May 2014 – Invitation from International Street Photography Challenge
2013 Presentation/Exhibition at Palazzo Cusani - “Beauty In Hell” Project – Milan