• Cesare Di Liborio
  • 1997
  • Inv. No. 200.15.06
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio
Size M
80x80cm Dimensions
Inkjet pigmented print on paper Hahnemuhle Technique
Showcase frame Mounting

Within the Western classical literature, the Pillars of Hercules represented the extreme limen of the world until then known by the mortal man, beyond which it was not to go. As well as geographically, this definition can be read metaphorically, emphasizing the concept of limits in relation to our cognitive ability. Cesare Liborio reinterprets this two-folded  idea, transforming it through evocative landscape populated by portals which embody the threshold to the unknown. Gates and abandoned gates silently inhabit our daily lives, becoming emblematic elements of the transition, able to awaken the anxieties and the humankind’s primordial fears in the face of everything that is unknown. At the same time, these scenarios allow us to rekindle, through the eyes, our imagination, creating a mental journey guided by the forces of a new discovery. Les Colonnes d'Hercule represent the limit, visible and invisible, between real and unreal, between the known and the unknown, between life and death. And the passage through them, albeit difficult and complex, it is inevitable. Mute and subdued, but strongly suggestive, Di Liborio’s photographs deeply touch our inner ‘I’, awakening intense and conflicting emotions.
An amateur photographer since the 80s, Cesare di Liborio was born in Reggio Emilia, where, as a young man, he developed a great passion for a peculiar form of art: the black and white photography. Di Liborio, after exhibiting in several solo and collective shows, both in Italy and abroad, was invited by Michèle Moutashar to expose his Les colonnes d’Hercules at the Muséè Reattu in Arles, on the occasion of XXXI Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie. From that moment, his career flourished: his work was shown in Bruxelles, at the European Parliament, in 2001; he was also featured in an exhibition in Alexandria (Egypt) during the Festival méditerranéen d’Alexandrie. In 2005, he participated in FIAC (Fiera Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea), Paris, exposing his Pallas. After exposing his series Les Colonnes d’Hercules at the Photography Museum of Seoul, Di Liborio finished his project Appena prima di…, focused on capturing the moment that comes right before an event, which was exhibited in 2014 in Arles. Cesare Di Liborio’s shots have been published and exposed several times, and are currently part of the photography collections of some of the world’s finest cultural institutions, such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (USA). Moreover, his pictures are part of the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Parigi Musée Reattu (Arles, France), of the Musée de la Photographie (Charleroi, Belgium) and of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Parigi, Francia).
Prestigious authors, such as Jacques Le Goff and Italo Zannier, havededicated many publications to him.