The Eros series by Bruno Cattani invites us to reconsider, with new eyes and perceptions, themes such as desire and pathos, meant as that feeling capable of arousing intense emotions and total participation on an aesthetic and emotional level.
Sculptural art, taken up in some of its highest representations, becomes the pretext to share a new interpretation of the intense relationship between beauty and eroticism, materiality and abstraction, true and false, affinities and distinctions, thus leading the viewer to a visionary and empathetic contemplation, which stems from the surprising humanization of the plastic object so presented.
It is a real metamorphosis, a vital impetus, made possible thanks to the wise use that the author makes of photography, as the most appropriate means to achieve his desired result: to finally give breath to the works photographed, to create models – protagonists and interlocutors – of a dialogue about eroticism and desire.
Cattani’s photos reveal unknown features and qualities because they go beyond the object itself; decontextualized from the immobility in which they are historically locked in by the raw material and time, these figures represent living and complex elements endowed with dynamic memories, which show themselves as carnal, pulsating and changing subjects.
Eros collects years of passionate investigations and fascinating journeys in the universe of sculpture, in which the author has been able to pick up and shape those dark and hidden aspects of desire, which finally reveal themselves, thanks to a look capable of capturing instincts and impulses, no longer confined in fixed matter and definitively forged, but now belonging to reality, to the sphere of emotions, because they have become unequivocally evident, in figures of strong visual impact, as vigorous bodies, with a deep vitality.
Benedetta Donato, 2019
Bruno Cattani : Eros
Text: Lucetta Frisa, Marco Ercolani
Printing and binding: Grafiche Morandi, Ravenna (IT)
Print run: 500: I-XXV (with original signed print), 1- 475
Dimensions: 20.3 X 14.5 cm
Language: Italian, English
Publishers: Artphilein Editions, Lugano
Year of publication: 2019