LUISA CATUCCI GALLERY
Exhibiting: IRENE CRUZ & EDOARDO ROMAGNOLI
June 11th – 16th 2019
CH – 4058 Basel
PHOTO BASEL 2019
Exactly 50 years ago the epic sentence “one small step for a man, one giant leap for a mankind” was pronounced with emotion and enthusiasm to confirm the first landing on the moon, after several attempts, by the human being.
Now, 50 years later, the space technologies have challenged the universe by getting a high knowledge about it, getting closer and closer to discover what is going on other planets.
Anyhow, the role of the moon keeps being essential for our planet, not only for clear scientific reasons but also for what it represents in a symbolic and philosophical way for us.
The red link bonding the photos of the Italian artist Edoardo Romagnoli and the Spanish photographer Irene Cruz is actually the moon. Both artists are working on the same subject with a totally different sensibility and approach.
The very first encounter between Edoardo Romagnoli and the moon has to be traced back to 1990 and since then, the love story between the Italian artist and the elusive satellite has never come to an end. Never tired of observing the moon, Romagnoli produced several photographic series where the satellite is always the only subject of his shots, allowing it to glow with her own special light without adding any artificial enhancement that would deprive her of her mystery. Always looking for calm places with no artificial light, Romagnoli catches the simple essence of the moon and its movement.
On her side, the Spanish photographer Irene Cruz with her series “Moonlight” is making a homage between the moon and the feminine dimension. In fact, she realized her series during a full moon night in Iceland where a delicate feminine model is captured during her dialogue with the sky and the moon. As a matter of fact, the moon is one of the oldest symbols of humanity, it represents the maternal female archetype par excellence and it is connected to biological rhythms, water, tides, female cycles, the transition from life to death.