Fabio Barile: An Investigation Of The Laws Observable In The Composition, Dissolution And Restoration Of Land


Via Tiburtina 149, Roma

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16 March – 11 May 2017This exhibition is now closed
Tuesday to Saturday 11am–7pm
Opening: Thursday 16 March, 7pm
Free admission
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“An Investigation Of The Laws Observable In The Composition, Dissolution And Restoration Of Land” is Fabio Barile’s second exhibition at Matèria.

The body of work draws its research material from James Hutton’s book ‘Theory of the Earth’, and photographic works such as Timothy O’Sullivan’s ‘Geological survey of the 40th parallel’, Bernice Abbott’s ‘Documenting science’ and the Gaetano Ponte Archive.

The work is an analysis developed through geological evidence, photographic experimentation and analogue modelling of the intricate and complex elements that characterize the land we live upon. Barile creates a wide array of imagery, that when condensed, unravels a panorama through which we can attempt a detailed “reading” of the landscape and its history. The attempt of reading through images entails the consideration of the complexity generated by the occurrence of natural processes over the course of the 4.5 billion years of history, during which the land, compressed, eroded and melted, generates the perceived and illusory stillness of the landscape we experience.

The project aims to dialogue with the history of our planet, going beyond human existence by paying homage to the brilliance of people, who through science create order out of disorder by making unprecedented connections between disparate elements and therefore opening new perspectives in the field of human knowledge.

Image Credits 1–Study on the earth’s magnetic field. (2016); 2–Study n°1 #1 on the Hawaiian hot spot and volcanic chain formation. Tea candle and 4x5” Kodak Tri-X Film. (2016); 3–Untitled (2016); 4–Dolostone outcrop in the Campo Imperatore plateau, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, Abruzzo, Italy. (2015); 5–Simulation of a landslide in the darkroom with sand, developer and chromogenic paper. (2015)