Stefano Cerio - Exhibition in Naples

06.2018 - Villa Pignatelli - Casa della fotografia

Stefano Cerio - Amusement Places

Vernissage: Wednesday, June 6th 2018, 7pm
Ort: Pignatelli Museum, Naples IT

(Aus der offiziellen Pressemitteilung:)

"On Wednesday, 6 June, 2018 at 7.00 p.m., the Pignatelli Museum will host the inauguration of a Stefano Cerio exhibit entitled Amusement Places. The exhibit, curated by Denise Pagano, has been promoted by the Polo Museale della Campania under the direction of Anna Imponente in collaboration with Incontri Internazionali d’Arte and Studio Trisorio.

For the first time, this exhibit gathers a selection of thirty large and very large works as well as two HD videos taken from 5 series of works developed by the artist on places and architecture (to a certain extent ephemeral) which are dedicated to recreation and free time.

What Acquapark (2010), the ski slopes and lifts in the Night Ski series (2011), the cruise ships in the Cruise ship series (2012), the sites in Chinese Fun (2013) and the parks in the Night Games Series (2017) all have in common is that they were photographed without anyone present and when they were not open to the public. This creates a sensation of malaise (uncanny ) in the spectator who seeks recognizability in these sites which are always the same yet feature diverse characteristics.

“I want to capture exactly what I see in a given moment” – states Cerio – I use my lights as instruments to construct images and create atmospheres which do not exist in reality”.
1\250 of a second is the exposure time used by Cerio to “cut any ambient light” and, based on a prospective dictated by the camera’s “view of reality” and thus presents the spectator with an image of what the human eye doesn’t have the time to perceive.

This condition, as Walter Guadagnini noted (Percorsi di Cerio in Vice Versa, Rome 2012) - “creates a sensation of suspended time, a sort of metaphysical vision of things which distances objects from reality and transforms them into spectral apparitions. Where topographic photography reveals mutation, the photography of Cerio narrates suspension. Moreover all of these sites are photographed when- as commonly perceived – they are invisible (…). In an absolutely nonchalant manner, Cerio’s photographic ability renders the invisible, that which is normally far from sight, visible”.

Biographical Notes
Stefano Cerio lives and works in Rome and Paris. He began his career in photography at a very young age, working with L’Espresso, a weekly magazine. Since 2001, his interest has progressively focused on photographical research and video. His numerous exhibits include: “Sintetico Italiano” (Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri 2009), Aqua Park (Fondazione Forma per la fotografia, Milan 2011), Night Ski (Studio Trisorio 2012), Chinese Fun (Fondazione Volume!, Rome 2015), “Night Games” (Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin 2017).

The exhibit booklet, with texts by Anna Imponente, Denise Pagano and Gabriella Buontempo, was published with the contribution of SEDA."

More about Stefano Cerio:

Photographers Profile:
Stefano Cerio
Portfolio: Night Games


Museo Pignatelli, Naples
Riviera di Chiaia, 200
tel. +39 081 669675 -

Dauer: 6 June -15 July, 2018
Tickets: full price: € 5
Öffnungszeiten: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (last admission 4.00 p.m.); closed on Tuesdays


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