Poggioreale 1

  • Ivano Mercanzin
  • 2013
  • Inv. No. 306.16.06
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Architettura
Size M
60x44cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Showcase frame Mounting
60x44cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted on Dibond Mounting

The ruins and the vestiges of Poggioreale are the protagonists of this series realized by Ivano Mercanzin. The artist, whose eye sensibly grasps the most intimate and fragile hues found in these ruined buildings, recovers the history of this little village through these artworks. The images show doors and windows, entrances to place of remembrance ruined only externally by the action of time. The bright colours, even if they are now peeled off by the passing of time, are witnesses of the life that was once part of these empty houses. At the same time, the series wants to highlight that in everyday life it is possible to hide traces, which remain unforgettable despite time and history. The fragility of the past becomes, therefore, the main focus of a research started by the necessity of finding again a connection with a forgotten, but still alive, universe, a heart beating which attracts reflections and thoughts, pieces of a small decayed world which is simultaneously a spring of profound and deep vitality.
Ivano Mercanzin began his artistic career in 2011 and he was immediately captured by the new world of photography. Light and shades are the focus of our artist, who decided to direct his attention towards the technique of white and black in order to narrate stories of different kind. On the one hand, we find his narration of the countryside around Vicenza and of his villages, a reflection of simple emotions, but at the same time authentic and fundamental, for Mercazin, who was born in this area. Terramadre (Motherland), Notturno Vicentino (Night around Vicenza) and Le vite degli altri (The lives of others) convey the memory of his past, which the artist keeps as something unforgettable, just as an old family photo. However, the spectator has also the opportunity to observe the reality of a great city such as New York City, a more complex and large world, whose human and linear profile the artist was able to encapsulate in the series Subwayand Faces of NYC. In the quick movement of the subway it is easy to find Mercanzin’s artistic aim. As a matter of fact, he wants to follow traces of life, portray a choice in the face of the passengers who become a picture in the picture by means of their gestures and the fine use of black and white: the complexity of simple things, such as a young woman crossing quickly a bridge in Venice, but also the peace of an old man resting on a bench. Critics and painters understood the profoundness of this artist so that they helped him to organize personal exhibitions and to participate in collective ones. In 2013 he was at the Art Caffè Letterario in Rome, in 2015 at the Punto Ottico Human eyes of New York and 2016 was the year of his exhibit Eurasia in Bangkok.