Riccardo De Cal presents his exhibit “Into the Labyrinth” from June 17- August 21, 2016 at Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy. The exhibit will include 20 photographs, the majority selected from De Cal’s new publication, Dream of Venice Architecture. Inspired by novelist Jorge Luis Borges’s statement that the maze, “is a building built to confuse people,” De Cal has created an interior environment of metal armatures, audio recordings and photography. Designed by Melissa Siben, the exhibit is a modern 3-dimensional representation of the labyrinthic structure of the city of Venice.
“Into the Labyrinth”
Venetian architectures photographies by Riccardo De Cal
June 17 – August 21, 2016
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice
As J.L. Borges suggests, a labyrinth is “a building created to confuse people”, in the sense that its own architecture is functional for this purpose: to generate confusion and stupor in humans. Its tortuous paths refer symbolically to the inadequacy of a purely rational view of the reality, whose ontological consistency conceals, under an apparent regularity, more complex and deeper meanings: who enters in a labyrinth knows that there is a path leading out, but it’s not possible being aware of which of the many paths will lead to exit. Hesitating is the norm. When reaching a cul de sac, the only possibility is to get back and try another way. Sometimes, just when it seems to be closer to the exit, it is farther away, and just a false step can bring to the starting point.
Such is the city of Venice, inextricably linked to the image of “water labyrinth”, represented in the alchemical book “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”, preserved at the Marciana Library, the book that firstly introduces to the Eastern sciences, then acquired and studied in the Western civilization.
City-architecture whole and more than any other, artificial, as strongly willed and built by man over an hostile environment, it is here decoded like an “exploded” tridimensional labyrinth, where the images represent stages of a seemingly open path, but on which “hangs” a maze of possible alternatives.
De Cal took the series of photographs over a three month period, from October-December 2015. For him the experience was, “like listening to a melody coming from the calles, and trying to find its origin within the labyrinth. I felt like a dowser in search of water. Photographing Venice was not an intellectual approach, but rather instinctive and subliminal, instead.”
The audio recordings quote architects Tadao Ando, Mario Botta, Randy Bosch, Louise Braverman, Vincenzo Casali, Massimiliano Fuksas, Micheal Johnson, Shun Kanda, Richard Murphy, Valeriano Pastor, Guido Pietropoli, Thomas Woltz and Rocco Yim; designer Enrico Baleri; and architecture critic William Menking.
RICCARDO DE CAL
Born 1973 in Asolo, Italy – from 2001 his interest is focused on photography, film and documentary. In 2005 shoots a short film that is screened at Cannes Film Festival “Short Film Corner”. In the same year starts collaborating with Benetton Foundation, directing two documentary films produced by them in 2005 and 2007. The films obtain several international prizes and have been presented throughout Italy and in Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Japan, and China. In 2008 a short film about Italian architect Carlo Scarpa is screened at 11°Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2010 presents the film “Raccolto d’inverno” in a special event at 67° Venice International Film Festival and recently at Maxxi Museum in Rome and at Palazzo Grassi – Pinault Foundation in Venice. In 2015 a short film about Fluxus Art movement is shown at Venice Art Biennale on Venice Pavillion.
His research is focused on the themes of suspension and expansion of time, and abstraction of spaces.