photo gallery by the Italian photographer Carlo Rocchi Bilancini. The event inaugurated with the presence of the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara HE. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti and the Italian ambassador in Doha, HE Guido De Sanctis.
Speaking on the occasion, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara HE. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti, said: "This exhibition has a significant role at building cultural and artistic bridges between Qatar and Italy through the display of the creative photographs by Italian photographer Carlo Rocchi Bilancini and making it available to Katara's visitors."
The general manager of the cultural village noted that the Italian photographer has succeeded at presenting inspiring photographs and at utilizing water as dominant element in this scene.
For his part, the Italian ambassador in Doha, HE. HE Guido De Sanctis said: "I am really pleased to start this year by holding an Italian exhibition in Katara. Hope this cooperation will be culminated by holding other events all over the year. The theme of water is really close to the people of Italy and Qatar. People in both countries has to know how to behave in water."
On occasion of the exhibition organized by the Cultural Village Foundation Katara, in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy in Doha (curated by Manuela De Leonardis) will be presented a selection of 20 photographs.
In each of 20 portraits – unexpected, theatrical and surprising – the sitter seems to bloom in the water, epitomizing him- or herself.
'Water is my natural element,' explains Rocchi Bilancini. 'It gives me a sense of peace and well-being, calms my neuroses and obsessions. It's no coincidence that I'm a Pisces: I love everything that's fluid and adabtable, maintaining its identity while changing form. I myself am like water. I love the bright colours, turquoise and deep blue, of water. I have also been influenced by the theories of Otto Rank. In his book, The Trauma of Birth, every human being suffers the most intense trauma of his or her life at birth, one from which he or she never completely recovers; this is why we all wish to return to the womb. Through this lens, we see that every type of anxiety can be nothing other than a repetition of the anxiety experienced at birth. In much the same way, every pleasure we experience is a repetition of that first pleasure, that of floating inside the body of our mother. In some sense, the swimming pool must represent a great amnios, and the subjects of these photographs – immersed in a type of amniotic liquid – must have enjoyed a pre-birth experience, a return to Eden.'
Italian photographer Carlo Rocchi Bilancini has been working on Pesci fuor d'acqua (Fish out of water) since 2006, when he began photographing characters from the ancient city of Todi and the surrounding area. Each individual is completely immersed in water, fully clothed, and some are depicted holding the tools of their trade.
Between 2006 and 2011, when Skira published the series as a photographic monograph with accompanying texts by Federico Sardella, Antonia Mulas, Malcolm Bull and Brian O'Doherty, Rocchi Bilancini shot more than fifty colour photographs. Many show figures from the art and entertainment worlds, among them Marina Ripa di Meana, Lindsay Kemp and Pino Strabioli.
Pesci fuor d'acqua has previously been exhibited in 2012, in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in the exhibition space La Piscina on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, during the XIII Architectural Bienniale (curated by Živa Kraus and promoted by Umberto Morera); in 2013 at the Oratorio of Sant'Antonio, Torgiano (Perugia) and in 2014 at the Acta International Gallery in Rome (curated by Manuela De Leonardis).