Giovanni Chiaramonte was born in 1948. His work is inspired by the theological aesthetics of R. Guardini, HU von Balthasar and that of the Eastern Church, with P. Evdokimov, O. Clement, A. Tarkovskij, and his theme of work is the relationship between the places and destiny in Western civilization.
The exhibition, presented at Fotografia Europea, is composed of two parts.
The first part is in the baptisphere of the Cathedral and represents the photographer’s quest to find his fate beginning with his mother’s tomb to walk through the places where the history of the West took shape: Athens, Rome , Berlin, the ruins left by totalitarianism and the wars of the 20th century – culminating with the Holocaust, represented by the memorial in Miami.
The second part, Jerusalem, is exhibited in San Nicolò.
Antonio Sichera wrote: “… the point of departure for Chiaramonte is to to remain within romantic modernity and its consequences, impressing upon the aesthetic experience a curvature, an internal tension which, while it continues to remain within, to adhere faithfully to its history, attempts to push it in the direction of a messianic time.”
The photographs follow each other around the cloister in a spiritual walk in the Middle East, with a kind of ethereal evanescence suggested by a refined aestheticism and very overexposed images.
Battistero & San Nicolò