Robert Polidori, Devotion Abandoned, 2018, installation view, ph Danilo Donzelli
Robert Polidori "Devotion Abandoned"
Studio Trisorio is to host the inauguration of "Devotion Abandoned", an exhibition of Robert Polidori’s photographs, the fruit of a two-year project during which Polidori spent long periods of time in Naples.
Naples, STUDIO TRISORIO via Riviera di Chiaia, 215Map
ROBERT POLIDORI DEVOTION ABANDONED
On Friday, 9 November, 2018 at 7.00 pm, the Studio Trisorio in via Riviera di Chiaia 215, is to host the inauguration of "Devotion Abandoned", an exhibition of Robert Polidori’s photographs, the fruit of a two-year project during which Polidori spent long periods of time in Naples.
Polidori photographed the city’s sacred sites which have long been abandoned to examine the slow decline of religious fervour, a reoccurring characteristic of modernity throughout the western world as well as an historical evolution which also entails many psychological effects.
In the twenty photographs presented in the showing, the artist explores the churches of "San Giuseppe delle Scalze a Pontecorvo", "Santa Maria del Popolo agli Incurabili", "Santa Luciella ai Librai", "Sant’Agostino alla Zecca", "Gesù e Maria", the "Sacred Temple of the Scorziata", "Santa Maria Vertecoeli", "San Potito", and the "Augustissima Compagnia della Santa Croce". His is an attempt to reconstruct a story of love and devotion which is also focused on the ruins of the Campi Flegrei, Oplontis and Pompeii because, through the perspective of his photos, much in the same manner as the abandoned churches, these historical sites become metaphors and catalysts of a state of being.
The stylistic feature present in all of his large scale images is “pictorial” photography featuring vibrant, saturated colours which greet the spectator in a suspended dimension where time seems to have come to a halt. Polidori’s interests lies in conveying the psycho-emotional aspects of these sites in his photographs.
The exhibit will be open to the public until 30 January, 2019.