Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition
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The images in this exhibition are all unpublished, and were conceived and created especially for this exhibition.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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