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"Italia Panoramica: Photographs by Peter Sramek"
2002-04-14 until 0000-00-00
This exhibition at the Carrier Gallery will present panoramic photographs made in Italy between 1998 and 2000. During this time Peter Sramek spent a total of 12 months living in Florence, Italy while teaching for the Ontario College of Art and Design. The sites photographed include Florence, Siena, Lucca, Rome, Venice and smaller locations in Tuscany. The exhibition will consist of over 60 black and white photographs.
Historical sites in Italy have drawn visitors for centuries, primarily because these places are evidence of a cultural history which underlies modern Western society. People have wished to feel connected to this heritage and the stones themselves are physical proof that the history which people have learned about from books actually existed. The fact that these places still exist today provides a direct physical link to this continuity of history. One is inevitably drawn to this aura of history and culture which these places have represented for generations.
The black and white panoramic photographs are mainly of sites where people go for such experiencesNULL old towns and villas, Renaissance architecture, church interiorsNULL covering sites in Tuscany as well as Venice and Rome. One suite of images follows the path of St Francis. There is a fascination with how these images can embody a sense of place and evoke our perception of historical time as well as our reverence for these sites of history.
The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council in preparation of this exhibition
Rio della Croce