Light Work presents Bundles of Wood, a solo exhibition by Italian photographer Nicola Lo Calzo. Since 2010, Lo Calzo has traversed Atlantic coastal areas to research buried memories of the African Diaspora. His latest project, Bundles of Wood, documents the rich local history of the Underground Railroad in Central New York. Lo Calzo will visit campus for an artist talk and conversation with playwright Kyle Bass at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 11, 2019. Lo Calzo and Bass will explore the intersection of Photography, Race, Memory and the African Diaspora. Nicola Lo Calzo’s lecture is part of the Syracuse Symposium 2019-2020 series, whose theme is Silence. Light Work is located in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center located on the Syracuse University campus at 316 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244.
Lo Calzo was born in Torino, Italy, in 1979 and now lives and works in Paris, West Africa, and the Caribbean. For seven years he has engaged in a photographic project about the memories of the slave trade. This ambitious, still ongoing project includes documentation of the descendants of the African diaspora in America, Cuba, Haiti, Suriname, the Caribbean, and West Africa. In his artist’s statement, Lo Calzo asks, “How is it possible that the world organized the social, political, and moral consensus around the slave trade for four centuries, and how is it possible to erase this tragedy from the collective memory of Western countries and even from textbooks? Have the memories of slavery, discarded by history, survived to this day and, if so, in what forms and in what places? How do these memories, repressed by some and preserved by others, define our everyday relationships, our perception, and the place of everyone in society?”
Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery
Until October 17
Robert B. Menschel Media Center
316 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, New York.