Respiro. Un attimo prima che tutto cambi
April 23 – May 21, 2022
Opening: Friday, April 22 from 6.30pm
Fabio Boni’s first work, dated 1993, is Volti (Faces): portraits in black and white on a white background, in an attempt to show the personal stories on the faces of the people he photographed.
Indeed, for a long time, Fabio Boni has focused on human beings – there was no room for landscape.
But as time went by, his projects became like the walls of an old family house. Ivy started growing on its walls, creating a texture, pervading the images, first allowing itself the space of a comma between the portraits, and then gradually taking on an increasingly central role, until landscape became the symbolic ground for the whole work.
In the two projects that will be displayed on the walls of Micamera’s gallery and that give the exhibition its title, one from 2018 and one from 2020, the natural and territorial investigation comes to intertwine with the personal and social dynamics that make up places, portraying the landscape as a fundamental depository of collective memory.
In Respiro, Maura’s garden, photographed from 2018 to 2020, is a changing place, which naturally follows the cycle of the seasons, but at the same time is shaped by the life stories of the people who frequent and inhabit it. ‘Trees are a presence, a force, a necessity, they are memories of stories and people, they are part of the memory of those who planted them and cherish them’.
In Un attimo prima che tutto cambi, two generations at the poles on the lifeline mingle against the backdrop of a hillside just outside the city centre.We are talking here about a community that takes care of preserving, protecting and guaranteeing the last years – or moments – of life of its elders, and it does so by placing those elders alongside the children, even if only symbolically, making both generations important custodians of the future.
The hill, the land, the “nature that welcomes”, is the repository of the collective memory that constitutes the community itself, and is responsible for collecting this memory and transforming it into knowledge for the youngest, so that the future can be realised.