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80 photographs by Tuscan photographer Dantès (Dante Luci)
Quality of Fine Art prints – black and white, large format, on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325 gsm paper mounted on 60×42 panels.
Exhibited for the first time in Lucca, at the San Micheletto complex from 2 to 26 March 2023, during the 12 days of the exhibition, it recorded the presence of 1,038 visitors as well as that of important personalities of art, culture and politics, and received unanimous acclaim from critics and the press.
The essence of the exhibition.
Borrowing from Maestro Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” the title of one of his most beautiful arias, Dantès undertook a long and evocative black and white photographic journey in the province of Lucca, in search of arts and professions involving great people, Undisputed masters of their art.
It is their eyes and their gaze that leave their mark on the viewer, it is the frenzy of their hands – often deliberately immortalized in motion by the photographer’s camera – that dominates many of the shots, candid and light hands, as opposed to those experienced and sculpted by the time, but all united by the perfection of a gesture performed thousands of times.
And here the photographic reportage becomes an intimate and silent dialogue between the photographer and the Maestro, a black and white anthropological story from which one emerges emotionally enriched, so direct and engaging is it.
Dantès’ shots allow you to immerse yourself in real, authentic and detailed environments, to come face to face with stages and squares, laboratories and workshops, workshops and factories, fields and docks; all photographs taken strictly without the aid of flashes, supplementary lights, panels and assistants. Nude, alive, tangible photography.
Dantès once again demonstrates his ability to portray subjects and landscapes that have always been before our eyes, but showing them to us with a completely personal vision, as if they were a discovery from new points of view.
Words are not always able to tell, so it is the images that tell. He claimed Henry Cartier Bresson that taking a photograph means aligning the head, eye and heart and that it must contain the humanity of the moment. With this series of images Dantés expresses his desire to discover, the pleasure of telling stories, the desire to excite. The di lui is a journey into a fascinating, enchanting world, that of artists and interpreters who create art, and of craftsmen who very often add an aesthetic value to their creations, a value that transcends their simple use. When a craftsman goes beyond the simple creation of an object and creativity and vision take over his craft, the product of his work becomes a real work of art. Also present in this exciting collection are farmers, breeders, fishermen who have made an art of cultivating the land, sheep farming and fishing. In this narrative through images, the protagonists are women and men, with concentrated faces, participatory expressions, dynamic and appropriate postures and movements, hands with their fine and precise gestures that express passion, transport, dedication, enthusiasm with which they devote themselves to their businesses, some of which are in danger of disappearing. Dantés silently introduced himself into theatres, workshops, laboratories immortalizing women and men who know how to create from nothing with care and attention and perhaps there is nothing in the world that can give greater satisfaction. Care, attention, inspiration that we find in Dantés’ photographs, black and white images that enhance the essentiality, authenticity, truthfulness of the story. Raffaele Domenici
All the photos are accompanied by detailed captions on the photographed artist, his work and some curiosities. It will also be possible to deepen the artistic-cultural information, free of charge, with your smartphone device, with the audio guide, which can be activated by reading the QR Code that accompanies each exhibited work. The use of headphones is recommended so as not to disturb other visitors.
The Art of Music -Beatrice Venezi – Conductor – class of ’90 -StrOrchestra of Lucca Beatrice Venezi is a conductor, pianist and composer from Lucca. She is one of the few women to conduct world-class orchestras and performers in theaters around the world. You graduated in piano in Siena in 2010, attending some masterclasses in piano interpretation and later in orchestral conducting at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan.
Rehearsals with the musical and cultural association – EstrOrchestra of Lucca for the symphonic opera concert of the charity evening in favor of the new Parkinson Lucca association on 18/06/2022. It is the energy and passion of these young people that distinguish the group.
The Art of Music Luciano Filippi – In Art Gildo dei Fantardi Storytellers – class of ’47 Treccani and Wikipedia have also dedicated a quote to Gildo. We are talking about Gildo dei Fantardi, aka Luciano Filippi, who in 2022 celebrated his fifty-five year career. Storyteller, minstrel, songwriter and actor from Lucca, he has been on the scene since 1967, when he began to interpret popular songs, accompanied on the accordion by Gaetano Craparo. Then a lot of cabaret, participation in television and radio broadcasts, some small parts in various films and much more.
The Art of Photography Lucio Ghilardi – Photographer – born in the 1960s
Lucio is considered a great photographer and historical memory of the city of Lucca. He inherits the business from his father Eugenio whom he has supported since 1982. His photographs, together with those of his father, have told over 90 years of life in Lucca, and some of him have become icons and symbols of the city itself all over the world. He has created extraordinary books, exhibitions and activities, showcasing not only great technical skills but also great sensitivity and availability towards others. His great passion for nature and animals in general led him to create, in 2018, a singular reportage: “The walls and its animals” offering a completely new glimpse of how many animals, next to us, live on the walls of Lucca.
The Art of Tobacco – Le Cigararia of Lucca Valentina Pieraccini born in ’84 Erika Capocchi born in 1978 Maila Casali born in 1973
Valentina, Erika and Maila are three of the forty “cigarette makers” of the tobacco factory in Lucca, who are entrusted with the production and packaging of the highest-end Tuscan cigars such as the Original Toscano, the Selected Original Toscano, the Presidente, the Millenium and the Moro. For the latter, the most valuable of the Lucca production, a non-precut half leaf of American Kentucky is used.
Today, as in the past, the skill of the cigar maker lies in choosing the right amount of filling and in rolling the cigar with skill: if there were still air in the band or if the filling were in excess, the cigar would not roll.
The Art of Weaving – The Weavers of Castelnuovo Sabrina Albergoni born in ’96 Angela Verdigi born in 1967
Angela and Sabrina are two of the many women who work on the loom, at the Antica Valserchio in Castelnuovo Garfagnana, with particular techniques recovered from the ancient textile art typical of the Lucca area. Skilled artisan hands, similar to those of a harp player, skilfully work on the loom to create each garment impeccably with extreme attention to detail. The company represents one of the spearheads in the Italian artisan panorama and an example for the international high fashion system. Different ranges of orthogonal fabrics are produced with 4 different weaving technologies: hand, shuttle, heald and jacquard, all intended for the person and the home of the luxury market on the international scene.
The Art of the Earth Olive growers of Compitese – Oct.2021 The province of Lucca, already in ancient times, was rich in olive groves, the toponymy confirms this, there are places whose name has a clear reference to the olive tree, such as “Ulettori” on the hill of Pieve a Elici, “Ulivella” near Camaiore, “Oliveto” near Arliano, “Olivetecci” near Varno. The olive groves were grown on stepped knolls torn from the hill, as in the photo: immersed in the typical Tuscan landscape, among the classic cypress trees of Castelvecchio di Compito, in the Capannori area, on the slopes of Monte Serra. The olive tree and oil have always represented not only an economic support but also a lifestyle and social customs, especially in Lucca. The oil produced in the province of Lucca is among the best and most appreciated in the world.
The Art of the Camellia Walter Pacchini – gardener – class of ’69
Walter is the gardener and keeper of the wonderful “Camellietum” of the Borgo delle Camelie di Pieve di Compito, in the Capannori area which houses all the cultivars that made the history of the Camellias in 19th century Tuscany: around 1000 specimens. Managed and cared for by the cultural center of Compitese, which also makes use of scientific operators and botanists, in 2016 it obtained the prestigious recognition of “International Camellia Garden Of Excellence”. In Italy this recognition has been attributed to only 2 gardens and in the world they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. A curiosity: His trusted assistant “Lettuce” is a mestizo foundling, found abandoned in 2020 in a box, along with 2 other little sisters. Everyone has found a name and a home but Lettuce has found, in addition to the love of Walter and the boys from the cultural center, a wonderful flower garden. To stay on the subject of her, her two sisters have been called Rucola and Chard
The Art of the Camellia – The Tea Sachiko Chino and the Camellia tea ritual Sachiko was born in Nagano, Japan to a family with deep ties to traditional Japanese culture. She currently lives in Tuscany and has often been a guest of many cultural events including, one of the most important, the camellia festival in the Capannorese. The photo of her portrays her in the noble art of the “ritual of Camellia Tea”, in the garden of the Camellias of Compitese. The grace of the gestures made for the preparation of the drink, obtained with camellia leaves, is an extraordinary event that enchants the public, creating a relaxing but at the same time intense atmosphere.
The Art of Beekeeping Giulio Mancini – Beekeeper – class of ’45 Giulio has been passionately carrying out this activity for over 50 years and has always considered bees to be the most precious asset for man and for humanity, establishing a relationship based on trust and love, managing to inspect the hives, almost always without the use of protections, limiting the use of smoke, to calm them down, to the essentials. The hives of him are placed in pristine fields, far from sources of pollution and if these are in excellent health they will consequently bring well-being for us, for nature and for the environment. Giulio has understood this for years. A curiosity: During filming Giulio made me wear light clothes because dark colors are seen by bees as a threat and while I was taking pictures, he made me move away because there was a very angry bee and this he had deduced from the type of buzz that this produced, a much higher frequency than the sisters. He then explained to me that in 50 years he is able to perceive all the moods of his hives and understand when he has to wear the protections and when he can do without them.
The Art of Shepherding Ilie Abucurii – Farmer – born in ’84 Ilie is a farmer and shepherd of Romanian origin who moved to the upper Garfagnana with his family for agriculture and pastoral work. In the photo he looks after three weeks old kids who cannot be breastfed by their mother due to lack of milk. The goats are called Sun, (the one with the spots) and Moon. The mother who never loses sight of them is called Vanilla. A curiosity: Vanilla the mother, aware of the problems related to breastfeeding, has always frowned upon Ilie’s presence so much so that sometimes it is she who looks for him.