DivinaDEA – Photographic Art Project

The Divina DEA artistic project by Maurizio Sodano has two souls – one ancient and the other contemporary – which reflect, compare and refer to the truths and lies of their respective narratives. Once again, the Neapolitan artist uses the knowledge of the technological tool and, working by subtraction, carries out a search for the sensitivity largely lost by the culture of the technologically advanced West. And the aesthetic result is presented to us through images, the stories that explore female subjectivity – from the cosmogonies and mythologies of classicism to the symbolic and, sometimes, stereotypical imagery of the modern age – and the transformations that its representation has undergone in the different historical eras.
The photographic art sequence shows us Artemide, the virgin goddess of hunting and protector of girls

and then the mermaid Partenope, who died, according to legend, where Castel dell’Ovo now stands, in the first places of the birth of Neapolis.

He also tells us of Cassiopea, whose arrogance and vanity was punished by the god Poseidon,

and of Penelope, who waited for twenty years for Ulysses to return from the Trojan War,

to then move on to Floris, the divinity of the spring festivals dear to the Romans.

And he lingers, in the end, on the figure of the Sibilla, which belongs to Greek and Roman history and mythology. The Sibille were virgins inspired by the god Apollo and endowed with prophetic virtues, but the Cumaean Sibilla is represented here, portrayed in the places of Campania history.

If in his previous works, Maurizio Sodano had happily surprised us by the decontextualization of corporate life, in DivinaDEA the author revisits the feminine in the light of a possible contemporary representation. The photographic staging, however, remains faithful to the artist’s style and his research on the world, thanks to its essentiality, even in the choice of ordinary women who interpret the mythical figures. They are not models, but real people you can meet on the streets of your city. They are incarnations that express the natural beauty and timeless moral strength of women, who ultimately reject that symbolic violence – which often leads to physical violence – that the female image and real women have had to endure since the beginnings of culture. dominant patriarchal that has marked the path of the homo sapiens species on planet Earth up to the present days.

Vincenzo Villarosa

My flowers – Large Format Photographic Art Project

There is a way of communicating one’s emotions that never goes out of fashion, giving a flower.

Maybe a little out of use compared to the past but it is always a pleasure to receive flowers, an alternative language with an undisputed charm. 

Sometimes communicating messages and thoughts, which in words would be less effective or too difficult to say, through the language of flowers can be a simple and effective solution.

Each flower has a symbolic meaning and will be given as a gift in relation to the type of message and feeling we want to express.

Obscura – Pinhole Photography Art Project

In this photographic art journey, a project dedicated to pinhole photography could not be missing.

The return to a previously tested path and the desire to present new ideas gave birth to “Obscura”.

It is my custom to start with photographic shots of internal objects and then continue the journey by expanding the field of view with external photographs.

Through the images proposed, the feeling remains as a fundamental point.

Manifesting Memories – Large Format Photographic Art Project

Events, People, Places, we cannot forget what belongs to our past.

To strengthen the memories are all those objects that were present and that today we look for in flea markets or antique shops.

The idea of ​​owning an object from the past, inserted in a modern design, has become not only fashion but also a reflection of the time that was.

This project, through photographic shots of objects from the past, was born to not forget by bringing out memories and emotions.

Autumn in black and white – Large Format Photographic Art Project

The autumn season is a spectacle that nature offers by showing us various shades of color.

The contribution of photographic art, in particular that in black and white, becomes an added value to this show.

An extra emotion that enriches the viewer’s vision.

Human – Photographic Art Project

The use of a drawing mannequin and studio lights helped to create this project focused on the representation of the human being in various existential contexts.

From visual expressions, of complex synthesis, Human emerges brave and lonely as an adventurer in search of awareness, facing a journey of knowledge floating in motionless spaces and, between lights and shadows of his own existence, explores new scenarios of more intimate hidden realities.

Points of view – Pinhole Photography Art Project

The use of the pinhole in this digital age seems to be out of place but today many artists use it to search for new points of view, to create new projects.

Without photographic lenses, little brightness, little sharpness, with an unlimited depth of field and an unpredictable result, with every shot you have the feeling of being in another world, where once again vision and poetry meet naturally.

Water. Visions and words – photographic exhibition

Flipping through the pages of the visual poem “Water. Visions and words” of Maurizio Sodano, we feel the physical sensation, beyond that intellectual, of a beneficial return to the vital element from which we come and to which we will all return, after our “appearance” as human beings. The words of the great French philosopher Michel Foucault come to mind, who wrote important reflections on human societies and on the relationship between men and women with natural elements and, among the pages of his monumental work, Madness in the Classical Age, defined the water as a simple and primitive liquid belongs to what in Nature is purer. Adding that, despite the changes made by the not always benevolent work of man, the return to the limpid water assumes the meaning of a purification ritual; in this transparent freshness one is reborn to one’s own innocence. In this sense, the hypnotic images of Sodano accompany us in a journey of “memory”, beyond the individual and collective existence of the human species and its “civilization”, which has often been  removed from its “natural” belonging, or has even nourished the arrogant “historical” design of dominating Nature, with disastrous results. We are reminded by the details of artistic photography which lead us to see with a renewed wonder what we now look at in an expected way. The memory of water, therefore, evoked by the images “Water. Visions and words”, it is the artistic awareness of belonging to a wider dimension of being in the world and the vital feeling that sustains it, always and forever.

Vincenzo Villarosa

The photographic exhibition “Water. Visions and words” at the Villa Pignattelli in Corciano from 18th May 2019.

The photographic exhibition “Water. Visions and words” at the Civic Museum of the Torrione in Forio d’Ischia from 25th May 2019.

The photographic exhibition “Water. Visions and words” at the WeSpace Art Gallery in Naples from 22th June 2019.

 

Intro – photographic exhibition in Naples

In the works that are part of Intro, the solo exhibition of photographic art by Maurizio Sodano that will take place from the 20th to the 30th of October at the Wespace Art Gallery in Naples, immediately strike the decontextualization of the performance  formed by elements that come from everyday life and the use of photography as an instrument of knowledge of the world, together with the sphere,  “alien” presence but at the same time ironic symbol of the human (im)perfection.

The basic material and cultural elements, shooted by the Neapolitan artist with great skill through the technological instrument, recall the background of the natural, historical and affective existence of human beings, through images of great expressive power . These make us think of the inability to get out of the often “invisible” cages of corporate roles and individualism passed out for freedom, which no longer knows how to recognize one’s humanity in the diversity of others lives. 

The artistic microinstallations reproduced, however, await more than suggesting, the reflections of the observer.

The photographic art of Maurizio Sodano is aware of the possibilities and the communicative limits that it proposes itself. Consequently, from “Prisoner of Memories” to “pun” to “Migrantes”, “Narcissus” and beyond, the micronarrations for images refer to a broader dramaturgy and offer themselves to the active participation of the social and cultural environment of which they take part, and that the artist represents in its essentiality.

Vincenzo Villarosa

Island Inside – photographic exhibition in the Ischia Island

Symbol and concept in the photography by Maurizio Sodano

    On examining the photographic work by Maurizio Sodano, we cannot leave out of consideration the particularity, of the author, to transforming the postproduction from a technical process to a mental process, a singular realization manner that entails also the ability to precisely foresee the result of every individual release that therefore will never be chance, but fruit of an accurate premeditation that can bring the photographer to search in the scenery of a shooting the exact light conditions that can dictate the kind of image that will come of it.

   The photos collected for the solo exhibition Island Inside mainly develop from a similar premise, but reveal symbolistic-conceptual aspects that we find in an evident manner in the more representative snapshots by Sodano. The author interprets the island like a metaphor of an inner path, of a gradual existential research, but also like a more extensive concept of a sight of the elements isolated from their contexts to catch unknown aspects of them and give us back a different image from the usual one, and it is also the impression that the visitors of the exhibition will be able to have of the island of Ischia that accepts the exposition. 

    The opening image, Mooring, perfectly synthesizes the symbolistic-conceptual features of the photography by Maurizio Sodano. The release portrays a bollard to which two ropes are fastened, as if they represented two divergent vanishing lines towards the darkness of a cosmic space. Here the depicted elements give up their functional attribution, that one to fasten the ships to the shore, to become metaphor of a higher bonds between earth and universe, between man and the celestial dimension. 

    On the conceptual plane, Sodano whereas is distinguished by isolating the same portrayed elements from their own general context, to offer us a new sight of it that lets us discover unsuspected qualities in a simple object of  common use. It is the case of Mooring, where the attention quite concentrated on two cords, rolled up around a metal support, refers us to an identity of those tools that we wouldn’t otherwise have considered. On those objects, the traces of their function seem impressed, and it is on these that the look of the observer concentrates, more than on the objects themselves, consumptions that tell the story of an object lived as if they emulated an informal sculpture in which the image lies in a mental projection of the work, even before in the objectivity of the work. The isolation of the object from its more usual frame opens to interesting questions that lie outside from the specific of photography to position itself on a higher theoretical plane. The impression is that similar images investigate on the connection between the object and its context, that is they reveal the measure in which the whole influences the perception of the individual element hiding singular aspects visible only through their focusing.

    The same effect is substantially confirmed with Eye, where what is portrayed is a porthole of a ship. Caught in its particularity, that circular window, in the ship’s side, loses its use function to take on an ideal value, dematerialized with respect to the context in which it is inserted, while the whole surroundings this time take on the appearance of an informal materic painting. 

    With Sacred soul, the photographic approach characterizing Maurizio Sodano’s releases is applied to the island of Ischia through an image of the Chiesa del Soccorso that summarizes the whole style of the parthenopean photographer. The ecclesiastic building is still sunk in the cosmic dark; separated from the context, it becomes symbol of the island itself to represent one of the monumental sites of higher esteem and renown, but the photograph, strengthens, in its particular shot, also the concept of island in Sodano’s personal interpretation, that is of an entity, whose nature is exalted by the isolation from all the other elements that allows to discover the essence of it, and here the circle closes. 

    The man, who want to know himself, needs isolating from the others, so that the surrounding environment don’t interfere on its real nature. The same concept is applicable both to objects and to territory. And here photography becomes philosophy.  

Domenico Raio