After the Fall 2016 debut in Sarajevo “KO.existence” photo exhibition comes to Milan. OPENING: October 23, h 6:30 PM, Casa dei diritti, via De Amicis 10.
I set out to dedicate a series of shots to the two neighborhoods designed by Milanese architect Arrigo Arrighetti (1922-1989) and built between 1962 and the early seventies, in the south-west of Milan.
Three reasons have guided me in this choice. First: my parents live in the area. Second: I had in mind an early Seventies shot by Uliano Lucas – a flock of sheep in front of one of the two housing projects. Third: I have always been fascinated by the unusual urban coexistence of vegetation and concrete – both neighborhoods contain, in fact, common green areas and are still partially surrounded by undeveloped areas.
With these guidelines in mind I started shooting in November 2011 and, just recently, I completed the project (though I might continue shooting in the area). These shots, taken with different digital cameras, by day and at night, aim at seizing on the one hand the simplicity of Arrighetti’s “neo-pagan” architectural lines – the only human presence in my reportage – and on the other to relate them to the anarchist soul of an unexpected wilderness.
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Below some shots from CONCRETE & SOUL series:
“If these be true spies which I wear in my head, here’s a goodly sight”
The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1
One shot [taken with Nikon 1 J2] and William Shakespeare’s Tempest verse from my September 13 one night exhibition at Teatro LabArca (via Marco D’Oggiono 1 Milano, 6 PM). Don’t miss All the World’s a Stage (curated by Loretta Valtz Mannucci and Federico Ramponi).
This one night show will inaugurate EXPOinbArca, a series of theatre performances in the EXPOinCITTÀ cultural events circuit. Matteo Ceschi’s nine shots, taken in Italy, London and Paris, are linked to Anna Bonel’s shows, which will star theatre celebrities like Enrico Bonavera, by the Shakespearian title of the exhibition, All the World’s a Stage. Loretta Valtz Mannucci, professor of English Literature and United States History and long time collaborator of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, chose for each of Ceschi’s shot a verse from famous Shakespeare plays. Federico Ramponi, creative designer, shares the mounting work with her. Eliconturbo Folk Ensemble, a young Milanese folk-jazz-roots group, will play the perfect soundtrack for the night.
All the world’s a stage/And all men and women merely players;/They have their exits and their entrances,/And one man in his time plays many parts (William Shakespeare, As You Like It: Act 2, Scene 7)
Matteo Ceschi’s brief show proposes a theater in the mind of each and every, all, who view it. It proposes stories in the fleeting moment. Anchored, yet free. Evanescent. Open to Reason, to intuition in play with rationality. Its antecedents are many, from ‘high’ culture and ‘low’. At its back are long centuries of Tableaux vivants, of 13th century peasant huts and 18th century dining rooms replete with damask tablecloths, crystal, porcelain and silver, laid out to the life in museums, on stages, in 1930s film and Downtown Abbey TV; or M.me Tussaud’s waxworks scenes; to the painstaking ‘rooms in a box’ children once labored over in school. Theater in the mind. And the great, centuries long, play of the Tarot cards: dealt, perused, interpreted, reshuffled, by Prime Minister, tycoon and worker. Each figure a world of individual stories. Evanescent. Real. And unreal. Life. (Loretta Valtz Mannucci)
The mise en scène of Matteo Ceschi’s nine “stories without (an) end” is as volatile, transparent and fragile as his approach to photography. A fluid and intimate space gives each image the time to spark the visitor’s fantasy and take him/her to one of the possible cores and endings of the story it tells. Yesterday was the time it was shot. Today, tomorrow and the day after will be the time of the infinite personal narratives of the observers. In the interval, there is the passage from the physical scene/photo to the immaterial yet lasting dimension of imagination. (Federico Ramponi)