Garbatella, a neighborhood through time

Open until December 20th, Garbatella Images is a site specific audio-visual project focused on the Roman garden city.

A series of more or less conceptual walkings is what 10b Photography offers the public in Rome until December 20th with Garbatella IMAGES.

Continuing on the path started last year with Giovanni Cocco and the artistic director Francesco Zizola, for this the second edition titled “Il tempo sensibile. Fermo - immagine, memoria, sincronicità” curator Sara Alberani meets photographer Silvia Camporesi, videomaker from the neighborhood Lola (Claudia de Nicolò) and Egyptian film maker Mohammed Hossameldin, who has made the hamlet his home since he arrived in Italy at fourtheen.

Inspired by the rural districts from the immediate surroundings, and disputed between the so–called Barocchetto style of the early 20's and the Rationalism–Futurism of the following decade, in its elegant balance between urban and natural project (for long time the ratio between green and built areas has been one of the highest in Italy) Garbatella is a perfect as much as unexpected example of garden city, and each site specific work shows a different approach to this city within the city, that in 2020 will turn 100. 

In Camporesi’s images, who has walked through Garbatella for the first time to realise her series “Area di silenzio”, streets, courtyards and buildings become a stage where, in the deliberate absence of human action, time is the sole protagonist. Like the face of an actor tied for years to one role but whose acting evolves and improves from season to season without ever changing his stage costume, walls, stairs and windows play themselves through the signs the time has left, the accumulations and the subtractions, the history that still permeates them, while trees and animals keep on with their age–old or briefest lives.

Photographs and videos realised ad hoc converse with the ones from the past, collected with the participation of the local residents and through the collaboration of AAMOD (Fondazione Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico) and WPS Photography collective, whilst the app Storywalker Garbatella, developed by spanish artist Fernando Sanchez Canezudo in with the Real Academia de España en Roma underlines the site specific nature of the whole project with a mapping of the neighborhood both historic and private, available to the public during the guided virtual tour that will be held on December 14th and 15th.

Garbatella IMAGES, Il tempo sensibile. Fermo - immagine, memoria, sincronicità.
Exhibition dates:
From 5 to 20 of December, 2019
Curated by:
Sara Alberani
Roma, Garbatella neighborhood, various locations

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