The Empire of Light
Diana Lowenstein Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibitions from April 13th through May 31st. A reception will take place at the gallery during the Wynwood Gallery Walk on Saturday, April 13th, from 7 to 10pm.
The Empire of Light is an ongoing project developed by Fabiano Parisi beginning in 2007, focusing on the aesthetics and mysterious beauty of abandoned locations, still having a soul, a meaning as vectors of layering sensations and images that make them live, independent of our memory and our experience, creating a strange atmosphere of expectation, bordering the surreal.
The aim is not to expose their dereliction, but rather to render the grandeur and magnificence of these spaces, which are now forgotten and on the path to extinction, and thus seem to belong to a parallel world. The artist was struck by shapes, lines and volumes when arranging his shots, but was mainly guided by light. Photographs are marked by a rigorous quality, with a magic and symbolic contrast of light and shadow: light shining on the grand architectures of a decaying empire, with broad areas of shadow and deep black hues, as if to evoke bygone history and offer glimpses of a new one. The photographs were taken around the world: in the United States, Poland, Belgium, Germany, UK and Italy. Yet, they do not constitute a kind of map of neglect: for what matters is not so much the when and where, as the loss of the coordinates of these places that border on the surreal, altering the perception and sense of time, which seems to have frozen.
Fabiano Parisi was born in 1977 in Rome, where he lives and works. After his Psychology degree, he chose to make photography his career. His photographic research aims the lens at sites that are abandoned and marginal, at the aesthetic of these architectural structures deprived of a human presence, frozen in the past but still capable of telling a story.
Parisi partecipated in the 54th Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion and in the last Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma in 2012 at the Macro Museum. In 2012 he was selected at the Young Master Art Prize in London, and at the Arte Laguna Prize 2012 he won a special prize. In 2010 he was the winner of the Celeste Prize International for photography in New York. He has had several solo shows, some of the most recent of which were held at the FotoLeggendo photography festival in Rome in 2011 and at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere in 2010.