L'Aquila, ten years after the terrible earthquake of 2009. Michele Nastasi and Stefano Cerio, two of the best Italian photographers of their generation, lead us between the ruins of the city and the surrounding lands. Their offbeat look on this ravaged world shows us a reality trapped in scaffolding or the almost childish dream of a possible reconstruction. Their clichés reveal an unstable, strange and surprising world. Between nature and culture, destruction and construction, rigidity and flexibility, these strong and astonishing images become a paradigm of our contradictions and dreams, but also a questioning of our future as well as a journey into our imagination.
Michele Nastasi is a photographer and a researcher in the field of architecture and its representation. His photographs have been exhibited in venues such as the MIT Museum in Cambridge, the NYU in New York and Abu Dhabi and the Venice Biennale. His pictures and writings appear on major international reviews and he regularly contributes to the main architectural publications.
Stefano Cerio lives and works in Rome and Paris. His work focuses on the theme of representation, exploring the boundary line between vision, recounting the real and the spectator’s horizon of expectation, the staging of a possible reality that might not be true but is at least plausible. His works are part of many public and private collections (Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, The Pool NYC in Milan).
Italian Cultural Center
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