Lava Desert

  • Giulio D'Ercole
  • 2010
  • Inv. No. 58.15.03
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio

Far from tourist destinations, after roads of gravel, sand and sharp stones there is a fascinating, impervious and boundless plain of lava stones – black and enticing – that seem to have rained down from the heavenly blue sky over them. Falling on a land thirsting for water, those stones eternally seal the treasure that holds the chance for life. It is a life that is powerfully made tangible by the tree standing out proudly against the line of the horizon, waiting to be grasped in its vital inspiration. A unit of reference for space and time, the tree dominates in this fascinating and mysterious environment.
After graduating with a degree in humanities, Giulio D’Ercole entered the world of media and creative communication. A producer, director and organizer, he commenced his career working in radio, theatre and television. In 2003 he moved to Kenya, where he founded Canvas Africa Productions, with which he produced documentaries and photo reports on humanitarian projects in collaboration with the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations. On the African continent he began his career as a photographer in 2007, when he exhibited The Face of African Dignity in Nairobi, first at the Italian Institute of Culture and then at the American embassy. After participating in the Lagos Photo Festival (2010), he presented Life in Lake Turkana at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, in the Italian Pavilion curated by Vittorio Sgarbi (2011). That year he also participated in Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia nel Mondo at the Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi and the Watatu Art Gallery in Nairobi also devoted a solo show to him entitled Rural African Women – Beauty Beyond Ego. In 2013 he was one of the leading figures in the Lake Turkana Festival (Nairobi). A multifaceted artist, he spent several years in New York as Senior Producer for RAI Corporation before turning to photography and working prolifically with numerous art galleries. Between 2001 and 2003 he specialized as a social documentary filmmaker and collaborated with the GlobalVision and Rossellini & Associati production companies. He now lives and works in Rome as a photographer, documentary filmmaker and communication consultant for multimedia projects.