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Domingo Milella : A view from Castelmezzano

Outer edges of some buried age. A view from Castelmezzano: rupestrian cultures in the Mediterranean region and beyond

Castelmezzano, Basilicata, 2010

Castellaneta, Basilicata, 2010

On the 3rd of September in Castelmezzano, Italy, opened Outer edges of some buried age. An exhibition curated by Chiara Capodici and Fiorenza Pinna featuring the work of photographer Domingo Milella. The exhibition takes place at Palazzo Coiro, an old aristocratic palace in the centre of the village, and it is visible only by daylight.

Pietrapertosa, Basilicata, 2010

Outer edges develops around the concept of landscape, identity and memory referencing Pier Paolo Pasolini’s notion of Post-history as the acknowledgement of an inevitable clash of ancient and modern times in a society that is slowly losing any sense of community and belonging.

“I am a force of the Past. My love lies only in tradition. I come from the ruins, the churches, the altarpieces, the villages abandoned in the Appennines or foothills of the Alps where my brothers once lived […] Or I see the twilights, the mornings over Rome, the Ciociaria, the world, as the first acts of Post-history to which I bear witness, for the privilege of recording them from the outer edge of some buried age.”

This site-specific exhibition moves from a study on the identity of the village of Castelmezzano and reaches out to the countries and the populations that settled along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea—Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Greece—and Mexico in search of territories marked by a similar ancient history and cultural experience of the landscape.

Acitrezza, Sicily, 2009

In his journey Domingo Milella explores and compares the different expressions of a sense of belonging and community which leaves a legacy that, impressed on the stones, determines the face of the landscape. Territory and identity are considered part of a collective history and memory that connect these cultures throughout the globe.

Domingo selects specific places and stories following a fil rouge that takes him on a historical pilgrimage from Castelmezzano to Mexico via the regions of Southern Italy and the Anatolia. The images of the rupestrian settlements in Phrygia, Cappadocia, Giza, Polignano, or Mexico City all reveal how deeply intertwined the relationship between man and nature has been over the years.

Sanctuary-Monastery, Phrygia, Turkey, 2011

Soganli, Turkey, 2011

Valley of Ilhara, Turkey, 2011

The Arabs took advantage of the natural architecture of Pietrapertosa to preserve the safety of their community. They used to take refuge in the hole of the mountain that overlooks the town—after which Pietrapertosa was named—to observe without being seen. Similarly, the image of the Tomb of Midas depicts the encounter of nature with archaic and modern civilisation. The tomb, as a symbol of the myth, is carved in the stone while a person holding a digital camera stands in front of it photographing the monument. Lastly, Mexico City which is represented as a crossroad of three different cultures—the Aztec, the precolonial and the modern state—all of which indelibly imprinted their own identity onto the face of the city.

The interventions of man shaped the landscape the same way as the landscape influenced the development and the identity of the society.

Elisa Badii

Domingo Milella, Outer edges of some buried age. A view from Castelmezzano: rupestrian cultures in the Mediterranean region and beyond

Until October 3, 2011

Palazzo Coiro

Tlatelolco, Square of the Three Cultures, Mexico City, 2004

Giza, Egypt, 2009

All images Courtesy of Domingo Milella and Brancolini Grimaldi

The exhibition is an initiative of The View From Lucania, a project devoted to the South of Italy based in Basilicata. TVFL in collaboration with the township of Castelmezzano, which has financed the exhibition and the whole project.

thanks to La lettre de la photographie

Yousef Nabil, You never left

Solo exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

You Never Left #1, 2010
Diptych, hand colored gelatin silverprint, 27 x 39 cm/ 10,6 x 15,3 in. each photo
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You Never Left # 2, 2010
Hand colored gelatin silver print, 39 x 27 cm/ 15,3 x 10,6 in.
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You Never Left #IV, 2010
Hand colored gelatin silver print, 27 x 39 cm/ 10,6 x 15,3 in.
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You Never Left #VI, 2010
Hand colored gelatin silver print. Installation of 12 different portraits
39 x 27 cm/ 15,3 x 10,6 in. each
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You Never Left #VII, 2010
Hand colored gelatin silver print, 50 x 75 cm/ 19,6 x 29,5 in.
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You Never Left #VIII, 2010
Hand colored gelatin silver print, 115 x 75 cm/ 45,2 x 29,5 in.
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Youssef Nabil observes his life as if he were in a cinema, watching and witnessing every minute of his own movie. When he realised, as a child, that many of his favourite Egyptian film stars were no longer alive, this kindled a desire to meet those who were still living and to immortalise them. In doing this, he created an imaginary reality that reflects both the paradoxes of the Middle East in our times and the fantasies and flamboyance of Egyptian movie stars in the cosmopolitan pre-revolutionary years.

Nabil began his photographic career in 1992 by staging tableaux in which his friends acted out melodramas recalling film stills from the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Later in the 1990s, while working as a photographer’s assistant in New York and Paris, he began a series of photographs of artists, portraying them in dream-like situations that were a long way from their public personas. On his return to Egypt in 1999 he further developed his unique photographic approach, hand-colouring his black-and-white gelatin-silver prints. Like the Egyptian films of his youth, this new approach removes the blemishes of reality and fuses contemporary art and popular culture. Now based in Paris and New York, Nabil also produces self-portraits reflecting his fragmented life away from Egypt.

You Never Left  was first shown in the exhibition Told/Untold/Retold, held to mark the inauguration of the Mathaf in Doha in December 2010, and met with great critical success, establishing Youssef Nabil as part of a “New Wave” of Arab artists injecting fresh dynamism into the international art scene.

You Never Left #XII, 2010
Hand colored gelatin silver print, 27 x 39 cm/ 10,6 x 15,3 in.
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