May 4, 2019

Pietro Pasolini Gallery Opening

The Monteverdi Gallery is excited to welcome photographer Pietro Pasolini, whose exhibition on Saturday, May 4th features photos of the surrounding Val d’Orcia region. Pasolini’s project calls on experimentation with infrared light to challenge our concept of reality. This technique, (and the knowledge that our perception of the world is the invention of our stimulated brains), contributes to Pasolini’s exploration of the larger question: Is the reality that we perceive really worth considering? Pasolini uses the mesmerizing landscape of the Val d’Orcia as a vehicle for processing and contemplating the physical world.

The moment I was asked to photograph Val d’Orcia I knew it was of crucial importance to step away from all those postcard stereotypes that are frequently used to depict this region. The jaw-dropping landscape and the mesmerizing sunrises which cast thousands of different shades of yellow, orange, and brown, tinting the clay rocks with its rays of light, made it very challenging to stray from capturing these cliché vistas. Often, I had to restrain myself from falling into the trap of taking aesthetically pleasing images and aim for the more difficult task of representing Val d’Orcia from a unique perspective.

While thinking of this project, I pushed myself to look behind the obvious and the visible. My aim was to portray the character rather than the characteristics of this land. To narrate through images its mystical essence and unique features.

To immortalize what cannot be seen, I decided to use photographic techniques that perceive light differently from the human retina, forcing the viewer to look at the world that surrounds him with a different pair of eyes. Using infra-red sensitive film and long exposure techniques, I have composed images which are trying to go beyond the realm of the visible and explore the ethereal space that is Val d’Orcia.” – Pietro Pasolini.

Join us on May 4th at 5:00 p.m. in the Monteverdi Gallery for drinks and conversation with the artist.

About Pietro Pasolini:

Pietro Pasolini was born in Brazil in 1992. Raised in Italy, at the age of 16 he left the peninsula for London and then Hong Kong. From 2013 to 2016, he was constantly moving throughout the Asian continent to document the life and traditions of minority ethnic groups and tribal groups. In September 2016, he moved to New York, where he obtained a master’s degree in photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP). During his time in the US, Pasolini’s work changed considerably, evolving into a careful reflection on how we perceive and process reality. His works challenge the notion of reality as objective. Perhaps, Pasolini considers, reality is instead “a vortex in perpetual change”. Impermanence and vulnerability (essential characteristics of life) are the focus of his work. He reinterprets reality through the lens of time, using decidedly precarious materials. Pasolini’s works reflect the artist’s relationship with nature; the impermanence of the natural world endows his works with an underlying evolutionary element.

Pasolini currently lives and works in New York, New Delhi and Capalbio.

About This Event:

Date:   May 4, 2019

Time:   5:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   The Monteverdi Gallery