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Euro Rotelli: The Body The Soul

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Euro Rotelli
The Body The Soul

13.06.2011 – 24.07.2011
20:00

The latest series of photograps by Euro Rotelli, The Body The Soul, seen for the first time in the Galerija Fotografija gallery, depicts 27 dancers from 17 ballet houses going back to 2009. The series does not deal with the current socially-engaged, analytical issues and contexts of contemporary art.

Euro Rotelli
The Body The Soul

Exhibition opening: June 13th 2011 at 8pm

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition is supported by the City of Ljubljana and Italian Institute of culture in Ljubljana.

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The latest series of photograps by Euro Rotelli, The Body The Soul, seen for the first time in the Galerija Fotografija gallery, depicts 27 dancers from 17 ballet houses going back to 2009. The series does not deal with the current socially-engaged, analytical issues and contexts of contemporary art. The author is not interested in the prima-ballerina’s distorted fingers, the stress of professional dancers; he is not analyzing the backgrounds behind ballet spectacles, nor the role of capital in these relationships. His interest remains focused on the very essence of the dance, owing to which the dancers still endure such sacrifice and spectators still admire. The beauty of movement and motion, the mysticism of dance, the power to express the spiritual with the body. The body, the soul. Realization of this elementary yet complex thematic scheme is essential. We could easily lose our way through some standard repetition of dance moves or by showing off these beautifully built bodies trapped in graceful motion and deprived of emotional energy, as mere components of time and the narrative of the show that is dance. Instead Rotelli’s creativity translates these captured moments into non-descriptive photographic images. With the specific use of media (manual intervention into the photographic emulsion, solarization and similar) he adds new dimensions of color, composition, rhythm and more. Moments, captured between long and multiple exposures become time itself – the dancers are ethereal beings, images of bodies echoing the spiritual condition. Today, in our time of image inflation and proliferation, when everything seems familiar and seen, the quality of artwork isn’t defined by the frequency of presence of the motif; dance has inspired numerous artists, but in the end we are still not uninterested with or bored by archetypal stories of love, life, death, relationships. Neither is quality defined by the deft use of media – some work today is simply more present and actual than others. The fact remains that only clearly visually-encoded thought emerges from amongst the average.

Renata Štebih

Euro Rotelli

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