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Gilda&Bodha

Gilda and Bodha are immersed in the world of photography, known for their creativity in the world of communications and fashion, and always in parallel, have nurtured and nourished their artistic part which over time, has taken shape from their vision and visual language. After a long and enthralling wait, like a ripening fruit, now the work of their artistic expression feels, as a call, that the moment has arrived to meet the art world starting a new adventure. Theirs is an invitation to discover the unknown through sensory traces. Visual poetry…

Gilda&Bodha

Gilda and Bodha are immersed in the world of photography, known for their creativity in the world of communications and fashion, and always in parallel, have nurtured and nourished their artistic part which over time, has taken shape from their vision and visual language. After a long and enthralling wait, like a ripening fruit, now the work of their artistic expression feels, as a call, that the moment has arrived to meet the art world starting a new adventure. Theirs is an invitation to discover the unknown through sensory traces. Visual poetry…

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Artist Statement

Meet, falling in love, adventures, a journey, within yourself and out in the world, generating vision… This space opens the door into a story of creativity, which allows itself to cross life flows of a woman and a man. Their story is revealed and shows it is timeless, in which time is stopped and printed in a frame, moments in the absence of time… them two. Them two in expanding intimate dimensions that create…. visions that become images…

Dimensions where the intensity of the experience that moment is an activator element of their talents; the female talent for instant emotional performance, the male talent of a visionary perspective; different talents which blend and penetrate one another to form a creativity immersed in the infinite story of life.
Life as inspirations…

Inspirations that explore what is within human being as well as what is around them, giving shape to contemporary materials and creating alternative worlds, coming into contact with elements of nature and the changes that the life force generates in us, urban architectural contexts and nothing that creates a living atmosphere beyond mere appearances, and makes time infinite. Instants, frames that come to life, by integrating fundamental alchemic elements for interpreting reality: light. A light that shape, by sculpturing creates an alchemy that allows us to reveal things and hide them, light welcomes us and expresses the depth and mystery of existence in our own complexity.

COSMIC by Fabrizio Meris

“Photography is light. Light expresses, hides, amplifies, minimizes, caresses, excites. Without
light photography – a discipline that requires silence and listening, which reveals and reveals itself –
would not exist.” That’s how the duo GILDA & BODHA describe their artistic practice, which, starting with photography, ranges across the plastic arts.
“We live in the urgency of sharing an inner exploration through our works, which leads us to trespass with research in multiple territories. However, our creative process is based on the creation of a still-life photo shoot. The result of this aesthetic investigation emerges in photographic images that capture three-dimensional shapes in two dimensions, but at the same time modify the reality that we observe, becoming not only an interpretation of the latter, but a new form of reality, our reality.”
Looking at the opaque and porous surface of the fine paper used for the printing of COSMIC, an ongoing GILDA & BODHA project, one has the sensation of being faced with a sort of modern mandala, a sacred space in which the divine is invited to reside and becomes an instrument of meditation for the observer. Following the bright, almost fluorescent trajectories that develop in/envelop these photographs, the mind remains suspended between the dream of the infinitely large, celestial and stellar and the infinitely small, microscopic and subatomic. Today’s fascination with the world of science and computational thinking seems to be the antithesis of a spiritual path, but it may not be so. On the contrary, according to the American physicist and philosopher David Bohm (1917-1992), matter and meaning influence each other continuously, just as at the individual level the state of the mind can influence the body and the state of the body can influence the mind. Bohm saw an affinity between his growing interest in atomic holism and the
insistence of the Indian-born philosopher Krishnamurti (1895-1986) that all relations of the cosmos must be viewed holistically, because in the cosmos there are fundamentally no divisions.

The concept of oneness – of unity – is paradigmatic in the work of GILDA & BODHA. “Intuition,
research, composition and execution are elements of an indivisible whole. Just as the alchemical encounter between masculine and feminine, in a movement between exterior and interior, generates unity in each of us. This is what we experience on a daily basis creating and exploring our relationship.”
Bodha D’Erasmo and Gilda met in Milan in 1998 and soon started a professional and artistic collaboration.

Bodha, born in 1964, began studying photography at a very young age in Milan, his hometown. In the
early 1980s he collaborated – as an assistant – with great contemporary Italian photographers. Giovanni
Gastel, Fabrizio Ferri and Oliviero Toscani regularly shot at the photographic studio in which he worked:
this day-to-day experience was a school that shaped his relationship with photography. In the moment of maximum splendour charismatic fashion designers like Moschino, Gianfranco Ferré and Krizia become models of creativity for the young photographer. In 1986 he founded his own studio. His work, both
professional and personal, focussed mainly on still life. By 1996 research on an aesthetic level was no longer sufficient and he began to follow a path of inner research that led to meditation. Reborn as
Dhyan Bodha (Sanskrit for understanding in meditation), from that moment he signed all his works Bodha D’Erasmo, combining his new path with the surname he was already known by in the worlds of photography, fashion and design. Gilda was born in Florence in 1957. Her father collected works of contemporary artists in the 60s and 70s, ranging from the conceptual Vincenzo Agnetti to Mario Merz, the key exponent of Arte Povera. Those years left a strong impression on her childhood and youthful memories, especially various Florentine artists including Maurizio Nannucci, whose work investigates words, colour, light and space.

Those concepts marked the stages of Gilda’s life step from being a model of life drawing in the Florentine academies, to studying Psychology at university, to travelling in India. From 1980 the meeting with the East marks her rebirth and meditation becomes a fundamental part of her life.
Practicing weaving brought her closer to “art making”, and she became a muse for various designers. Then she met Bodha. “As a model and performer for my personal photographic projects,” says Bodha, “Gilda became more and more multifaceted over the years. Her intuitions and capacity for creative dialogue shifted the center of gravity from the photographic executive phase of my work, towards the research aspects, until it was natural to decide to jointly sign our projects in the field of fashion and advertising.” An artistic aura pervades their still-life work. “The mass of images taken in the world today has created a real saturation. For us, the creative process can really give an image a life that goes beyond the few moments of fruition to which it is mostly destined. The photograph then exists only when it is returned in physical form, when it is printed. The filming process can be digital or analog, but until it returns to physical form it is not real photography for us. In order for a photo to be chosen and printed, it must answer as many questions as possible, consciously or unconsciously; sometimes the work becomes the answer to a question that has not yet been asked.”
In 2017 GILDA & BODHA began to reflect on the subtle energetic link that pervades everything. This led them to initiate COSMIC. Presented for the first time to the public in September 2018 at the Triennale Museum in Milan, COSMIC revolves around a material not a technique. Polymethyl methacrylate – Plexiglas – has characteristics that make it unique, in particular the way it holds light, especially in fluorescent colors. It is the perfect material for shaping energy. Various Plexiglas modules are first laser-cut in regular and irregular shapes, then heated and modeled by GILDA & BODHA. The sculptures thus created are a photographic investigation in which transparency and reflection are amplified kaleidoscopically, until the images come to life printed on fine-art paper.
“Colour must vibrate on emotions, as a melody has the function of transmitting emotions regardless of
the context. The context creates the story, the colour is its vibration.”
Although starting with a synthetic material and its relationship to light, COSMIC comes to life in the natural elements of which matter is composed (air, fire, earth and water). GILDA & BODHA attempt to make visible a seemingly invisible world. What is natural coexists with what is artificial, what is
material coexists with what is spiritual, in a dimension in which beauty is perceived as the form
of life that expresses itself.

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