Looking at the installation “Il giardino dei giusti” in Padua by night, when the only source lights are those from the Moon and some ground spots, is a fashinating experience. At midnight the place is desert, just faint rumours as background and the crickets sound that create a sincopate rhythm. There isn’t a uniform visual pattern that create a simple panorama, but instead it’s all so segmented, a conglomerate of spot views that overlay each other creating a whole multidimensional picture. Maybe reflecting the meaning of the subject: lifes of normal people that in some instances are acting like heroes. All so normal and all so complex in the same time.
Ilford Delta 100 4×5″ – Intrepid 4×5″ camera – Dev in Ilford ID11. Negative scan.
Between Biennals – 2018
Last August I went near Borgo Valsugana (Trento), for a whole day to discover a magic place. At the end of Valle Sella, a mountain valley, is in fact possible to walk in the nature and at the same time enjoy artworks from international artists spread along the path in the wood.
From 1996 Arte Sella developed along a forest path on the Southern side of Mount Armentera, the Artenatura path winds its way through the forest and the entrance is free.
In 1998 another path was added The Malga Costa which in the past was a farm, the barn which was the stable for the farm animals is today the Concert Hall. The farmhouse is a meeting place and a place for the artists to share their views. 2001 was an important year for Arte Sella, the Tree Cathedral of Giuliano Mauri was created, it has been a symbol of Arte Sella ever since. This imposing architecture is almost complete thanks to the patient intervention of Nature. Since then Arte Sella has become established, promoting collaborations between the “ Maestri “ of Art in Nature to name but a few, Nils Udo, Chris Drury, Patrick Dougherty, Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Tech notes: Fuji Acros 100 @64 / Ilford ID11 1+1 / Mamiya rz67 / Sekor 50 & 110
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