1 / 5       Big Eye Kabul, project by Antonio Ottomanelli, Kabul 2012/2013.

2 / 5       Mapping identity – Baghdad, project by Antonio Ottomanelli, Baghdad 2012.

3 / 5       Mapping identity – Baghdad, project by Antonio Ottomanelli, Baghdad 2012.

4 / 5       Big Eye Kabul, project by Antonio Ottomanelli, Kabul 2012/2013.

5 / 5       Big Eye Kabul, project by Antonio Ottomanelli, Kabul 2012/2013.

Kabul + Baghdad

CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia presents Kabul + Baghdad, an exhibit by Italian artist Antonio Ottomanelli (Bari, 1982).
The solo exhibit, set up in the Center’s monumental hallway, shows a selection of works from two of the Italian reporter’s projects: Big Eye Kabul and Mapping Identity. The pictures have been shot in two critical scenarios, Afghanistan and Iraq, and are a testament to the urgent need of keeping a more detached eye on what is happening, in order to put in a renovation effort in places where destruction has long taken hold. In Ottomanelli’s work, urban spaces are king. The artist, an architect by trade, has chosen photography as a way of analysing the territory, not from the point of view of landscape or city planning, but as a way to gauge social dynamics and geopolitical tensions in war zones. The pictures in the exhibit are the result of a painstaking work both in Afghanistan and Iraq and aim to flip the usual interpretation of similar photos on its head. The viewer, bereft of a strict viewing angle, will be following an airship in the sky and moving through the urban sprawl, in a journey to discover and meditate on the causes and consequences of events. In Kabul, Ottomanelli focused on perspective: Big Eye Kabul is the result of this paradigm shift, where the eye of the visitor moves from the road to the sky, in pursuit of an American airship. In Baghdad the artist worked on the concept of identity: in Mapping Identity, university students have been asked to create a reliable map of the city based only on their memories and experiences. The photographer itself changed, turning from the reporting and creating of evidence to an act of investigation and a way to instigate civil action. The result is a series of neighbourhoods entirely redesigned by those who live there and frequent them, in which the black marks denote the pre-war past, and the red ones all that which changed or has been integrated since. Direct, everyday experience is thus grafted onto the abstract body of the map, giving rise to genuine «snapshots of ordinary life, a sort of ‘Giacomettian portrait’, seeing that Baghdad is kept hidden».
Antonio Ottomanelli’s Kabul + Baghdad was inaugurated at the same time as the Burden of Proof. The construction of Visual Evidence from the Holy Shroud to Satellite Images and the Oh Man by Lise Sarfati, and will be open to the public until March 13th, 2016. The exhibit will be the first of a series of exhibitions on young Italian photographers.

Kabul + Baghdad
CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, via delle Rosine, 18 - Turin (Italy)
27 January – 13 March 2016

opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 am - 7 pm | Thursday, 11 am - 9 pm | closed on Tuesdays
admission fee: full prize ticket 10,00 € | reduce 6,00 € for visitors up to 26, over 65 years old and owners of Abbonamento Musei Torino Piemonte | free admission for children up to 12 years old
info: +39 (0)11 0881150

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◉ [ exhibitions ] Lise Sarfati. Oh man
◉ [ exhibitions ] Burden of proof. The construction of Visual Evidence from the Holy Shroud to Satellite Images


CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia
Antonio Ottomanelli

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published on 2016-02-16 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS



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