1 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

2 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

3 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

4 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

5 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

6 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

7 / 20       From the exhibition Across the River Tales of a Divided City. © Jasper Bastian.

8 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

9 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

10 / 20       From the exhibition Across the River Tales of a Divided City. © Jasper Bastian.

11 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

12 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

13 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

14 / 20       Dalla mostra A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

15 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

16 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

17 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

18 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

19 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

20 / 20       From the exhibition A Route of Melancholy. © Didier Bizet

A Route of Melancholy

It could have been called On the trail of Dr Zhivago, the work that Didier Bizet ealised between 2011 and 2014 in the course of five trips that took him from Moscow to the Urals geographically retracing the path of the main character of the famous novel by Pasternak. Starting from the border of a country going through a long and difficult period, Bizet through the careful reading of the novel is prepared to deal with a country still today stratified and permeated with multi-ethnic cultures. Always hovering between the West European and Slavic world, without ever being completely either one or the other part Russia is in the eyes of the photographer like a place full of a particular form of typical melancholy, «chaotic, screeching, creaking». The work as a whole has the form of a sort of evolved travelogue, within which emerges the individual feeling of the author in comparison to what he has in front of the lens and even before his eyes. More than being carefully thought out many images seem the result of spontaneous metabolism focusing the attention on the reading done whilst preparing him for his departure. Many of Bizet's images are powerful and have the strength to catch the eye of the viewer, dragging them into his personal world that meets with the Great Mother Russia updated to the twenty-first century. [ S. I. ]

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A ROUTE OF MELANCHOLY
by Didier Bizet
Vecchio Ospedale | until September, 27th 2015
admission fee: 6,00 €

published on 2015-08-12 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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