DANILO GARCIA DI MEO
In 2011 he exhibited two photos in Istanbul. One of these contained a portrait of his Aunt Lucia. The image became a mirror. Danilo brought his 80 year-old aunt into the halls of a building in Turkey, and did it in a way that she could recognize herself: “I am her”. He recognized that this is what he wanted to do: to declare the exemplary force of life stories. For two years he worked with a woman named Letizia who suffers from spastic tetraplegia. He told about her ability to live. His work was a smashing success at a competition in Russia. Letizia, who had never been on a plane before, flew to Moscow. “And for three days she became a Russian princess”. This is the proof that Danilo Garcia’s photos have set transformative consequences in motion. “What?” describes the life of a woman in evolution. Ambra was diagnosed with deafness at age 2. As a teenager, she did not like what she saw in the mirror. But discovering kick boxing reawakened her fighting resilience. The sport urges her on, pounding a beat that keeps time with her rebirth. Techno music is the soundtrack, with its vibrations that pulse internally. The photos reflect the image of a woman lit by the lights of a party or an afternoon reflected in Lake Albano. “Describing her in terms of opposites would be banal”. The sensibility with which she puts on her makeup before dancing and the courage of her fists inside her gloves are just a couple of the details that make a unique subjectivity shine. Ambra is like the precious resin that collects the traces of the past to turn them into something valuable. Di Meo’s objective has succeeded in crystallizing this with delicacy, “ready to capture every kind of light”, tiny glimmers that become mirrors.
The story has been written by Elisa Cappai, writer.