Gallery 3: The four seasons
In a recent effort, to sort of balance the image of Iran as presented by Fox /CNN, subsidiaries, affiliates and various cohorts, a number of slide shows and movies have been circulating the web; such as the Peace Train, Majdfar’s slide show and this one. Even the BBC –(British Broadcasting Calamity & here)– seems to have made an effort to present a less biased documentary by its own standards. This presentation of Riccardo Zipoli‘s work has none of the above agendas.
Gallery 18: Flowers
Zipoli is neither a passing by traveler, nor a photograph on a hasty assignment. His photos are the result of a long and deep relationship with the country. A Persian language and literature scholar and teacher, former director of the Department of Eurasian Studies at Venice University, film-maker, photographer, Zipoli has published many articles and books on classical and contemporary Persian poetry. He has also held exhibitions in Italy, London, São Paulo.
Gallery 1: Solitary trees
Gallery 19: Meadows
Riccardo’s Iran consists of solitary trees, far away roads, the remains of a wall… the poetry of an emerging life, where for others, life seems to have ended.
Gallery 13: Winter gardens
Gallery 20: Unusual trees
I think one must have a very special world view to live in Venice and still long for the culture and images of Iran! Riccardo’s work reminds me of Antonioni‘s images and exploration of what I would call the infinite no-where.
Gallery 17: Means of transport
Gallery 7: Strips