Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Home Entertainment The Italian Cultural Centre Unveiled Its First Post-Lockdown Exhibition

The Italian Cultural Centre Unveiled Its First Post-Lockdown Exhibition

"Piazze (In)visibili" is an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The Italian Cultural Centre unveiled its first post-lockdown exhibition titled “Absent-Present” in New Delhi.

The exhibition began earlier this month on November 3 and will continue until December 10. Displayed in the open space of the porch of the Culture Centre building, it is open to the general public from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Public access, granted on request, is restricted to no more than two visitors at a time or up to four visitors from the same household.

The show presents the work of nine leading Italian photographers alongside that of Delhi-born and -based photographer Parul Sharma. The original Italian project titled “Piazze (In)visible” (Invisible Piazzas) included 21 photographs of 21 Italian piazzas during the lockdown that was imposed in Italy earlier this year, accompanied by short essays written by famous Italian writers.

Follow NewsGram on Instagram to keep yourself updated.

These images and texts capture the beauty of the country through its main squares that lay empty during the national emergency. For the exhibition at the Italian culture Centre in New Delhi, nine out of the 21 photographs have been put on display. “Piazze (In)visibili” is an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, conceived and curated by the photographer Marco Delogu, former director of the Italian Culture Centre in London.

The Indian-American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri has written the essay accompanying one of the photographs, taken by Flavio Scollo of the Piazza Santa Maria located in Rome’s famous Trastevere neighborhood.

lockdown exhibition
The show presents the work of nine leading Italian photographers. Pinterest

Lahiri, who moved to Rome in 2011 and started writing exclusively in Italian, has already published two books in her new adopted language: In altre parole and Dove mi trovo. Another photograph, taken by Margherita Nuti of the Piazza delle Carceri in Prato, is displayed next to an essay by Sandro Veronesi, two-time winner of the prestigious Italian literary prize Premio Strega.

The exhibition also displays Parul Sharma’s haunting tableau of black-and-white images of Delhi’s timeless architecture, photographed a week after the lockdown was imposed in Delhi in late March 2020. These images of desolate imperial boulevards, deserted markets, dystopian vistas, and abandoned regal roads are part of her book Dialects of Silence published by Roli Books.

ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics Announced To Host 18 Test Events

Andrea Baldi, the director of the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, said, “We all went through this unbelievable experience called lockdown. It was a frightening and unpleasant experience for most of us, devoid of any human contact or sensory experience. But some, like me, had the privilege, sometimes the courage, to make their way through desolate cities. Among the photographers who shot for us the magic and dreamlike allure of these architectural edifices in their full glory.”

Photographer Parul Sharma said, “It is a great honor that my black-and-white photographs of Delhi during lockdown are displayed alongside the work of some of Italy’s leading photographers. Both our countries share a deep common architectural heritage linked to our great pasts.” (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

I Could Diligently Work For Public Welfare Because I Was Not Associated With Any Political Party: Sonu Sood

Actor Sonu Sood, who was lauded for his efforts to send migrants home safely during lockdown last year, dismisses allegations that he pulled off...

Covid-19 Vaccines Less Effective For People Suffering From Obesity

Covid-19 vaccines may not be fully effective in people who are suffering from obesity, as experts on Tuesday suggested that the process of healing...

The Positive Role Of Male Sex Hormones In The Treatment Of Breast Cancer

Researchers have found new evidence about the positive role of androgens, commonly thought of as male sex hormones but also found at lower levels...

Autonomy-Supportive Parenting Contributes Positive Well-Being Of Children

Researchers have found that autonomy-supportive parenting, or offering meaningful choices when possible, contributed to the positive well-being of both children and parents. "We explored...

People With Depression Likely To Report An Increase In Drinking

People with anxiety and depression are more likely to report an increase in drinking during the Covid-19 pandemic than those without mental health issues,...

50 Percent Of Patients In Need Of An Early Liver Transplant Died In Lockdown

Nearly 50 percent of patients in need of an early liver transplant, but who did not undergo the procedure due to fear of contracting...

Lack Of Fatty Acid Triggers Multiple Sclerosis

The abnormal immune system response that causes multiple sclerosis (MS) by attacking and damaging the Central Nervous System can be triggered by the lack...

Science Has Delivered, Will The WTO Deliver?

By Brajendra Navnit, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to WTO A proposal by India, South Africa, and eight other countries call on the World...

Recent Comments