Levante

Levante

Against the backdrop of the contemporary international politics, it is of the utmost necessity to cast a light on what is happening in countries like Syria and Iraq, cradle of our civilization, that let in tatters by the fury of war. From the 28th of March until the 17th of May, Podbielski Contemporary Gallery will host "Levante", the work of Massiliano Gatti on Middle East, developed along an both intimate and documentary take, with the clear goal of handing down the memory. "Levante" is a careful mapping of the memory, preserving it from the iconoclastic fury of fanaticism that is tearing apart these lands. This series run along the map of Massimiliano’s life experiences during that period, from the ruins of Palmyra to the archaeological mission in Ninive, "Levante" explores thematics as the use of social networks for propaganda to the recurring cycles of history. In the contemporary culture, the image is having an unprecedented role: quicker than words and thought itself, it shapes our conscious and our sensibility, running through the medias. Without the correct set of cultural tools to put an order in the chaotic whirlwind of images, the audience is then left undefended and passive, on the edge between passivity and unquestioning consumption. Gatti’s work casts a light again on the responsibility of image, its duty to highlight contradictions in current crisis and the tragedy of our culture, without losing the link to our memory, hope for a different future.

Levante

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