"But what was I thinking about earlier when I got lost by gazing away? ’’
Unlike Basilico, exhibited at Photomed in 2013, who reveled in capturing
the banality of sites, Mimmo Jodice chooses subjects that are naturally powerful. Both photographers share however an amazing talent of expressing very personal and sensitive visions of their subjects through their respective ability to give them importance but without yielding to them or falling into complacency.
Neither of them provides time references to the viewers. Both photographers merge the past and the present and thus project us into a future that suddenly becomes reassuring owing to the unchanging nature of things. Whilst Basilico, the Milanese, is marked by contemporary urban design, Jodice, the Neapolitan, seeks the origins of Mediterranean civilization.Anyone born near Herculaneum and endowed with artistic sensibility can only be but marked by a history which, in fine, is his own. Jodice claims to be Neapolitan by birth and by choice since Naples offers endless creative possibilities. With its bay and its vast city the archaeology of Naples is an inexhaustible source .
Jodice photographs with medium-format black & white films. He optimizes the resources of the medium and produces intricate photographs that capture the emptiness of landscapes, the remains of time and the relationships with the past. Light plays a key role in his work: the moment at which he takes the photograph is essential, optimizing the lighting of the subject and encouraging the viewers to look beyond the surface of the photograph and to reach the imagination of the ar tist. Light remains an essential dimension of his work in the laboratory where he produces his own prints, developing and fixing the emotions that emanate from the antique statues which he brings back to life.
This exhibition of landscapes and portraits in stone allows us to share in his vision of the Mediterranean.
Hôtel des Arts de Toulon, open everyday from 10am to 6pm except monday and public holidays.