Sand Sea I

  • Roberto Mangano
  • 2012
  • Inv. No. 322.16.01
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio

Roberto Mangano’s artworks portray landscapes enlarged down to the smallest details. The observer has the impression of being in front of photos taken by a microscope which transforms sand, marshes and earth into microorganisms. It is interesting to notice how the landscape can become a detail and how this series of photographs colours with a new and uncommon light a familiar genre for us. The series is made of images pertaining to a reality where photography meets painting, glimpses which seem to have been drawn freehand. These are abstractions from nature, reworked versions born from the brilliance of an eye that seeks for something going beyond and strives to discover an innovative angle on the majesty of the world. In this way, shapes, lines and colour of the natural environment take on a different importance so as to create a new and tangible matter, fashioned by means of the artist’s creativity.
After having spent his childhood and adolescence in Sicily, his homeland, Mangano started a very particular artistic journey. He studied Still Photography at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and as such he organised the first personal and collective exhibitions of this genre of photography, along side various publication. A seasoned traveller, Roberto Mangano always took his camera with him, with the aim of capturing the normality of every day life in the faces of his human subjects and in all the objects depicted. He prefers colour and digital photography, as it can be seen in all his photographic series, where strong colours merge with the landscapes and portraits in order to convey most effectively the sensations and emotions of journeys in far away lands. The photos taken in Rajastan, India, for the exhibition road stan, are particularly important, exemplifying a technique that is very close to street photography. In September 2016 the artist took part in the Segni Festival of Capo di Ponte (BS) with the exhibition Natural abstractions, which distinguishes itself from his other works by the chosen technique. The photographer explores the distance necessary to the eye in order to identify anobject, and thus decides to widen or narrow the perspective so that it is no longer identifiable as an object, but only as a texture.