When we think of a trip we usually imagine a combination of novelty and adventure that pauses our routine. MIRO, the new photomaterial project by photographer Jacopo Di Cera, offers us a different kind of journey. The destination is already predetermined, the route is known and obligatory, but the road is no less significant: it is the daily journey of the commuter.
For ten years, Jacopo Di Cera’s adventure has taken place in the same location, on the same Milan-Rome Frecciarossa train, with his gaze fixed on the same window that the artist incorporates into his photographic work. The result is a collection of twenty train windows that capture the amazement in the monotony of the kilometers that succeed one another. The project can be seen until November 21 at Paratissima in Turin and from November 17 to 21 in the capital, for Roma Arte in Nuvola.
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Each shot marks a stage, an unrepeatable moment of light, colors and subjects that present themselves to the viewer, the commuter, from an apparently anonymous window on the world, like the compartment of a train we usually take.
In Jacopo Di Cera’s shots, the extraordinary and the everyday seem to be sides of the same coin. With a photomateric style, the artist starts from the physical and narrative properties of the photographic support and launches himself into challenges that become works to “contemplate closely, touch, listen and smell”. A research that gives body to the soul of the image to transport us, with humanity and delicacy, in the story it tells.
Italy running on the railway tracks shows itself in all its unpredictable beauty, along a route that we no longer call a journey. In front of an “outside” that evolves with the seasons, we sense the importance of those hours and feel the journey as the photographer means it: an intimate experience where we can grow and rediscover ourselves, thanks to the world that surrounds us.
In his artistic journey, the photographer lets us know the thousand shades that this word takes on, from the mythological journey to the tourist one, up to the journey of the migrant. This time, he starts from the routine of a “monotonous” working life to reflect on the places that we frequent every day without really living. A station, a ticket, a train taken thousands of times lose the charm of the first time, are not able to excite a distracted glance.
“But it’s not like that, the experience is there, waiting for you, outside the window, far from any digital screen, ready to be lived”. By putting us in front of the same window, Jacopo Di Cera appeals to the curiosity and amazement that are within us and asks for an active gaze, to go beyond the banality of everyday life and rediscover its beauty, “to go out of oneself to find oneself in a different way”.