The Latin phrase of the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, describes in just three words the essence of the exhibition and what the artist transmits with his photographic research. It is hard to believe it, but all the photographs that make up the exhibition were taken in the last 20 years in Tuscany, but a skilful play of perspectives, colors and lights make the shots seem set in the most exotic corners of the planet. The long “Serpente Verde” and “L’antica Muraglia” are located just 5 km from the center of Lucca, “Atlantide” and the “Michelangelo’s Marble Quarries” a stone’s throw from Versilia and as many from Garfagnana while “La Maison de Fils “, incredibly, a few hundred meters from the city walls of Lucca. In the second part of the exhibition, the places forgotten by God follow, despite the fact that most of them were destined for his worship, with frescoes, sculptures, altars devoured by time, with the complicity of Mother Nature, who has forcefully recovered her spaces. With his shots, Dantès makes eternal what remains of those places full of history, tradition and culture, but above all he captures the artistic and poetic trait of the acceptance of transience and imperfection that still sees them full of meaning and majesty, but inexorably eroded by the passage of time.
Some photos taken from the photographic exhibition
The exhibition includes 56 Fine-Art prints in the 60×42 format
The significance of the exhibition
“Nature comes to the rescue of every abandonment and, where everything is lacking, it gives itself back whole, blossoms and green again on all the ruins: it has ivy for stones and love for men. Profound generosity of the shadow “. This consideration of Victor Hugo in the novel The Man Who Laughs comes back to memory by observing the photographs that Dantès (Dante Luci) collected in the fascinating exhibition The Eye of Time. In the context of the Sala dell’Affresco, recently adapted to its function as a place for the dissemination and enjoyment of art, the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundation has gladly exhibited these images of abandoned corners that are covered in greenery. Nature regaining possession of lost spaces: old houses, small churches, buildings once used for productive activities covered with plants, leaves, grass, moss. A sort of re-naturalization of otherwise precluded spaces. Places considered by man to be useless and fruitless are a heritage that nature is able to recycle, we could even say to regenerate: where man abandons, nature gives new life, even if at a superficial glance it may not appear so. The salvation of the world is in the wilderness, says the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who teaches us to live in places and not just to occupy them. As nature covers stones with ivy for Hugo, it pours out love for men, it is their source of life. Reason to protect it more and more, instead of defacing and scarring it. The photographs of Dantès, taken in various places in the Province of Lucca, particular, original, suggestive, the result of a long and passionate research work, in addition to being appreciated for the artistic aspect, also represent a message of hope for the future with their invitation to observe the environment, love it and take care of it. Raffaele Domenici