Roberto Bocci: TwiLight Silhouette, Those Who Come and Those Who Leave

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Gibbs Street Gallery


Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 6, 7 – 9 PM

March 23 – April 22, 2018

Gibbs Street Gallery

TwiLight Silhouette, Those Who Come and Those Who Leave is a series shot over an interval of approximately 90 minutes before and after sunset. The images are loaded with metaphoric and symbolic meaning hovering between day and night, lightness and darkness, Being and non-Being. As daylight falls after sunset, TwiLight Silhouette portrays evening joggers running around the 16th century Medici Fortress located in Siena, Italy (Bocci’s country and city of birth). In the panoramas runners are portrayed multiple times as they enter (those who come) and leave (those who leave) the picture frame. Their bodies are often silhouetted against the background sky. As runners loop around the fortress, daylight gradually dims transitioning to nighttime. The brownish haze in many early evening images, and the over-saturated sunset skylines is partly due to the presence of air pollutants like nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere. The otherworldly skylines and their apparent beauty are a stark reminder that if we continue abusing our environment, humans may be heading towards the twilight of their existence on earth. With this series, he continues to experiment with single and composite images that explore ideas of time passage, space, simultaneity, the cyclical nature of existence as well as concerns about the sustainability of life on our planet.

About the artist: Roberto Bocci is a photographer and installation artist born in Siena, Italy. His practice includes single and composite photographic images, installations, and experimental time-based media works. His artistic concerns encompass multiple points of view and questions of personal identity. Bocci has shown his work in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia and has been awarded fellowships and grants including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Woodstock Photography Grant, an Arlington County Spotlight Grant and numerous Georgetown University research grants to support his work. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and works in Washington, D.C. where he is an Associate professor of Digital Art and Photography at Georgetown University.

Learn about Roberto Bocci’s upcoming Inside Art workshop Panoramic Photography on April 22, 2018.

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