Perfect classical forms, marked by time and by man, witnesses of prosperity and harmony, in complete contrast with a fragmented and violent modernity. Photography is a way of making memories from the past which can provide nourishment for the present.
Perfect, sunny, silent photographs, without human presence, and yet the landscape is pervaded by it. There are no direct witnesses to the controversial current situation, but they are lived, impregnating the reality portrayed.
Light, colourful images also make up the ‘Promised Land’ series, where small personal objects which accompany Gatti on his travels are place on colourful maps of the Middle East. The awfulness of the images is revealed on close observation, where we can see that the limits drawn did not reflect reality. There is no objective representation of the world.
Finally, there is ‘The Dark Side’ series, presented here for the first time, where Gatti scours deeply into the human soul, photographing designs and traces left on prohibited houses at the edges of the city. Places in which, hidden from the eyes of society’s modesty, visceral compulsions and repressed desires are expressed. These images, printed as negatives, show bestial figures; instantly recorded, obscurely, and without judgement, showing only a trace of human presence.
For Gatti, being a witness for the Middle Eastern reality is a need, an ethical gesture which highlights, through its splendid, respectful style, its intense and affectionate cognitive tension towards the Syrian and Arab world. It is a new way of portraying the Middle East on tip-toes in the sand.
The inauguration will be held on Thursday 7th February 2013, from 6pm to 9pm.