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Cuba L'avana (1997) 99/121 ed 1/2

2017

Signed Dated Titled

From the series Oceano Latino | Latin Ocean

1

Size

25 x 20 cm
9.84 x 8 in

Reference

d104dc14

Year

2017

Medium

Photography

LATIN OCEAN PHOTOGRAPHS BY GIOVANNI CHIARAMONTE

The work begins in the city of Tijuana, on the border between the United States and Mexico along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and, descending towards the South, through Mexico City, Merida, up to San Cristobal in Chapas, in the days dedicated to worship of the Virgen de Guadalupe, when the heirs of the Aztec and Mayan culture remember the time of their passage to the faith and culture of the Spanish-speaking West. Unlike the North American territory, where noble native tribes had not raised any urban housing structure, Aztecs and Mayans had become nations around large stone cities, which are now among the most extraordinary ruins on the planet, making these lands a true landscape, in the depth of a millenary history and today lost. In this scene, men, women, children, animals that animate every image of the Latin Ocean move, in a journey that crosses Panama and Cuba to end up in the black asphalt lake on the edge of the primary forest of the island of Trinidad, inside the original shape of Nature.

Oceano Latino, the last and unpublished part of the trilogy UNIVERSAL, begins in Tijuana, a border city between the United States and Mexico, and then proceeds in some of the essentials places of the Mexican culture: Mexico City, in memory of the Aztecs and the Virgin Guadalupe; Merida, in memory of the hispanics; Campece, in memory of the Mayas. The trip continues in Panama along the canal that links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, passing through the new skyscrapers’ metropolis, which was born from the Spanish ruins surrounded by the tropical jungle. The trip ends in the Island of Cuba and in its capital city Havana, in the presence of a popular and social dimension that makes it a revealing emblem of the contemporary Western world.  Images have always had, as their visual center, an event or a gesture in the urban horizon or in the ocean: men, women, old people, kids, in the continuing revelation of the everyday events that make every moment of life a real present, a universal time able to communicate the sense of life to every person of the humankind.

 

1948 Varese, Italy

Born in Varese in 1948 of parents from Gela in Sicily, Giovanni Chiaramonte began his activity as a photographer at the end of the 1960s, working toward a return to figurative form after the great abstract and Informel season of certain tendencies of Pop and Conceptual Art.
Chiaramonte sank his roots from the very beginning in the theological and aesthetic tradition of Hans Urs von Balthasar and of the Eastern Church encountered in the work of Pavel Evdokimov, Olivier Clément, Andrey Tarkovsky.

He has always devoted his attention to the relationship between place and man’s identity. His most important works include: Giardini e paesaggi, 1983; Terra del ritorno, 1989; Penisola delle figure, 1993; Westwards, 1996; Milan. Rings of the Middle City, 2000; In corso d’opera, 2000; Frammenti dalla Rocca. Cefalù, 2002; Dolce è la luce, 2003; Abitare il mondo. EuropE, 2004; Berlin, Figure, 2004; Attraverso la pianura, 2005; Senza foce, 2005; Like an Enigma_Venice, 2006: Hidden in Perspective, 2007; In Berlin, 2009; L’altro_Nei volti nei luoghi, 2010-2011; Via Fausta, 2011; E.I.A.E. – Et In Arcadia Ego, 2012; Interno perduto_L’immanenza del terremoto, 2012; Piccola creazione, 2013; Jerusalem, 2014; A medida do Ocidente, with Alvaro Siza, 2015, Evolving European City with Giuseppe Marinoni, 2015; Ultima Sicilia, 2016; The Measure of the West and La misura dell’Occidente, with Alvaro Siza, 2018, Salvare l’ora, 2018.

Since 1974 he has exhibited in personal and collective shows in Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Caracas, Coimbra, Florence, Frankfurt, Graz, Lugano, Milan, Modena, Naples, New York, Padova, Palermo, Prato, Rheims, Rome, Turin, Venice, at the Triennale of Milan and at the Biennale of Venice. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary degree in Architecture by the University of Palermo, for his twenty years of contribution to magazines (Lotus, Domus, Casabella, Abitare) and work with national and international institutions (IBA Berlin, Triennale Milan, Biennale Venice, CCA Montréal) on the theme of the city and how people live. In 2006 he received the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Award for Photography. In 2010 he exhibited Hidden in Perspective at the Expo in Shangai.

He founded and directed collections of photography for the publishers Jaca Book 1980-89, Federico Motta Editore 1990-93, S.E.I. 1994-97, Edizioni della Meridiana 1998-2005, Ultreya 2005-2014. 
At present, he teaches Theory and History of Photography at the Free University IULM and at the NABA Academy in Milan.


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