JOURNEY TO ARMENIA
June 6 – July 27, 2013
Preview: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 18:00 – 20:00 in the presence of the artist
Photographica FineArt Gallery
via Cantonale 9, CH-6900 Lugano
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Hours: Tue – Fri 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 18:00,
Saturday by appointment
The starting point for this exhibit is the Russian writer Osip Mandel’stam’s trip to Armenia in 1930, from which the exhibition borrows its title. Silvia Camporesi has retraced that journey in search of the holy places, aura-filled places and landscapes that had so fascinated Mandel’stam. Armenia, the kingdom of screaming stones, thus becomes a place of photographic and cultural exploration, unveiling landscapes and images of churches and monasteries with typical impervious architectures, rising perfectly aligned to the profiles of the surrounding mountains and preciously embellished with stone crosses (khatchkar).
The artist intervenes by changing and modifying all of the project images – adding or subtracting elements, mutating the proportions of both subject and background – in order to detach these places from reality, to suspend and poise them between illusion and reality. The entire work is contained in a book in which narrations of the lived experience accompany the images, in the form of a daily journal.
The exhibition is divided into three parts. The firstpart is composed of large-format images illustrating the most significant places in Armenia – churches, monasteries, industrial landscapes, urban spaces – photographed and edited to evoke an atmosphere of suspended and fixed stillness. In part two, a series of smaller photographs reflects the diversity of Armenian landscapes, moving from red and arid lands to rocky mountains, to places where few ancient traces of human passage are visible. The last part includes a series of small angular photographs which the artist has manually cut and reshaped (using the Japanese kirigami technique) in order to give three-dimensionality to the places represented.