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COME IN CIELO COSI’ IN TERRA – Serena Vittorini

Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition

Come in cielo, come in terra

Photographs by Serena Vittorini

Diego Mormorio and Fanny Borel, curators

January 25 – February 15 , 2017

Opening Wednesday January 25 at 6,30 pm

Serena Vittorini’s photographs show a reaction to materialism from which society is struggling to free itself.

During her stay in Lodine, a small inland town, whether through personal research, or good fortune, Ms. Vittorini found a way to capture moments that reveal humanity’s ancestral coexistence with Nature. Those fundamental moments in the life of human beings are often ignored, but they show the sole possibility humanity has to reconcile with the environment, and consequently with itself.

Fanny Borel

Galleria

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

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Fragility – Photographs by Barbara Luisi

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Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present

Fragility

Photographs by Barbara Luisi

Curated by Manuela De Leonardis

November 21 – December 14, 2016

Opening reception: Monday, November 21, 2016 – 6:30 PM

Bodies that intertwine giving way to the movements of a virtual dance, fast-paced dialogues of gazes: the series Fragility (2013-2015) defines the meaning of intimacy by allowing traces of eroticism to surface without any sense of provocation. Often hands and feet are the focus. Barbara Luisi shares an intimacy that is born out of the improvisatory quality of the models’ gestures (they are no professionals), rather than from the exigencies of the photographic set, from their whispered words, and from the way they move in the darkness of her studio, “each one expressing feelings of being trapped inside themselves.” A perceivable unconditional freedom enters in the composition of the image. Fragility is understood as something other than a potentially labile psychological condition, in its potential as gift, as a secret to protect. Together with nature, art—in all its declinations—is an unending source of inspiration throughout the centuries. Especially the art one can breath in Rome where Luisi goes at age eighteen when she starts photographing. Michelangelo’s Pietà—the neat naturalness of the figures and the aspiration to perfection of the forms—is a model that will come back in time, along with Caravaggio’s hallmark, that is, the theatricality in the use of light, and the pulsating and ambiguous sensuality that filters through Bernini’s sculptures, all the more so when the subject is the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. The classical legacy—absorbed and processed over time—is synthesized by an emblematic work such as the Torso of Discobolus (restored like a wounded warrior) in the Musei Capitolini, marble copy dating to the I century A.C. of Myron’s sculpture, restored and reinterpreted between 1658 and 1733 by the French sculptor Pierre-Etienne Monnot, in which the tension of the thrust forward is already captured in the following moment.

The language of black and white, printing mostly with silver gelatin on baryta or pigment prints, at times also as platinum prints, is a necessary choice if photography is to enhance reality through the subtraction of elements. Just as with music, in which countless possibilities are given through the combination of only seven notes.

(Manuela de Leonardis)

Barbara Luisi was born in Munich and works between New York, Zurich and Camogli (Italy). A violinist since the age of nine, after graduating from the Munich Arts and Music High School, she continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. She has played with some of the most important European orchestras, such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole of Toulouse, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. In addition, she was First Violin in the Pocci String Quartet. Fascinated by the camera obscura, she started to experiment with photography at the age of seventeen. Portraiture, often associated with theatre and music, is one of her favorite genres, along with nude, still life, and nocturnal photography. She has studies and worked with such photographers as Eikoh Hosoe, Art Streiber, Michael Grecco and Jock Sturges. Among her most recent solo exhibitions are: 2015 – Florence After Midnight Fall, Opera House, Firenze; Dreamland, Glorietta Gallery, Beirut; Night on Earth, NYU University, New York; 2014 – ŒUVRES RÉCENTES, European Center for Photography, Paris; Night and Nude, Emmeotto Gallery, Rome; Dreamland, Auditorium Fondazione Paolo Grassi, Martina Franca (TA). She is the author of the books, Nude Nature (Böhlau, 2008), Glühende Nacht (Böhlau, 2008), Pearls, Tears of the Sea (Böhlau, 2011), and Dreamland (Contrasto, 2014).

You can see some of her work at: www.barbaraluisi.com.

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Fragility. Photographs by Barbara Luisi

November 21 – December 14, 2016

Opening reception: Monday, November 21, 2016 – 6:30PM

Curated by Manuela De Leonardis

ACTA INTERNATIONAL 

Director: Giovanna Pennacchi

Via Panisperna, 82-83 – 00184 Roma

Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 3:30PM – 7:30PM  

Tel 064742005 

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A STRATI – Photographs by Simon d’Exéa

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ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition

A STRATI

Photographs by Simon d’Exéa

Diego Mormorio, Curator

April 20  — May 20, 2016

Opening Wednesday, April 20, 2016

At 6.30 pm

The twelve photographs in black and white, measure 40 x 30 cm (16 x 12 inches), were made by layering, hence the exhibition’s title. The photographs are of architecture: simultaneous visions, as can be seen in the 1911 painting by Umberto Boccioni, for whom simultaneity was “an absolute necessity in a work of art. ” Diego Mormorio, the exhibition’s curator, explains that Simon d’Exéa “is on this road – the only poetically viable one – but it’s with his own particular approach. He seems committed to staying on the marvelous sea of simultaneity, keeping an eye open to Renaissance methods.”

The images on display portray monuments and places in Rome and Paris. The photographer was born in 1983 in Paris. The works are layerings of multiple photos of the same place taken from different angles. Among the portraits of monuments by the photographer, the Church of Sant’Agostino in Torre Maura, the Casa delle armi in Moretti, the Church of Santa Maria alla Navicella, the Imperial Forum.

The work of these compositions has a purely aesthetic base, a play on the images of the chosen place that is imprinted on the memory.

The images in this exhibition are all unpublished, and were conceived and created especially for this exhibition.

Simon d’Exéa attended the Masters Program in Photography at the Roman School of Photography (2002-2005) simultaneously working as an assistant in the photographic studio. From 2005 to 2010, he was assistant to the photographer, Claudio Abate, and since 2010, to the artist, Ileana Florescu. He has collaborated with various publications, including the Italiana Arte magazine, the Japanese magazine, Spur, and the French magazine, Elle. Specializing in Contemporary Art photography, he has collaborated with numerous artists, including Piero Pizzi Cannella, Oliviero Rainaldi and Giovanni Albanese, and with museums and galleries, including the MACRO and The Fabio Sargentini Studio.

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Via Panisperna n 82 – 00184 Roma

Tuesday – Saturday     4 –  20 pm

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Galleria

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel +39 06.47742005

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ABRUZZO 1935 – AFGHANISTAN 1978 Photographs by Pasquale and Riccardo De Antonis

Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition:

 ABRUZZO 1935

 AFGHANISTAN 1978

Photographs by Pasquale and Riccardo De Antonis

Diego Mormorio, Curator

Opening on January 27th at 6:30 PM  

ACTA INTERNATIONAL ROME

 January 27 to February 17, 2016

This exhibition was born out of Riccardo’s memories. Upon his return to Italy, he showed the photographs he took during his Afghanistan trip to his father, Pasquale. Upon observing them – Riccardo recalls – Pasquale couldn’t help but notice that in those faces, in those landscapes, in that atmosphere, it seemed he could recognize “something essential” of the Abruzzo that he himself had captured many years earlier in his well-known ethnographic exploration photographs.

Hence the link between Abruzzo and Afghanistan that gives the show its title: ABRUZZO 1935 – AFGHANISTAN 1978 ;countries and times so far apart, yet both with that poetic “something” that universally unites them.

The exhibition consists of circa 26 images: Pasquale’s vintage photographs are in black and white, while Riccardo’s photographs are in color, and nearly all are unpublished.

Galleria

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel +39 06.47742005

www.actainternational.it

info@actainternational.it

 

Indirect Sights – Photographs by Lisistrata Simone

Indirect Sights

Photographs by Lisistrata Simone

curator Diego Mormorio

Acta International Roma

June 4 – 20, 2015

Opening Thursday June 4 – 7,00 pm

Acta International Gallery is pleased to present Indirect Sights, photographs by Lisistrata Simone.

Shadows and reflections are a mysterious path, one, perhaps, full of pitfalls. Alessandra Lisistrata Simone chose to follow it and, for what we can see, it seems that, while avoiding the dangers, she has been able to grasp the beauty. There seems to be a glade in the forest.

Diego Mormorio

Thanks to you, my gaze becomes a magical eye; I’m able to see myself again in the reflections and shadows and with you I find again the world around me and I relive caught in an instant, I snap and leave an impression, a memory.

Images are part of humanity, we are surrounded by images, symbols of our daily lives. We express ourselves through words, but the language we use returns to us as an image and a vision. Of course each of us carries within his own world view formed by experience, feelings, emotions. It is like the myth of Plato’s cave, where shadows cast by men chained in the cave were projected onto the walls reflecting the life of men and women outside of the cave and what was real for some was not for others, each living his own representation of reality.

Lisistrata Simone

Alessandra Lisistrata Simone, her first name is Alessandra, but she is very attached to her second name Lisistrata, thinking back to the comedy of Aristophane. She was born in Rome on 27th January 1967. She has always been interested in art. Beginning from her studies in Sociology, she sees that her path has been widened by her interest in others, by her desire to understand the world, the cultural changes that take place. In all this her love for photography has lead her to become more aware and sensitive, with the wish to use this medium to touch hearts and lead to action.

 

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Giovanna Pennacchi, director

via Panisperna, 82-83

00184 Roma

Tuesday – Saturday 5.00pm – 8.30pm

Tel 064742005

info@actainternational.it

www.actainternational.it