The Italian Cultural Institute proudly presents 7439, a photo exhibit by Renato D'Agostin.
While traveling across United States on the back of my motorcycle I had a lot of time to think, to think at all the reasons why I was doing it, how it would connect to my previous projects, my previous photographs, how my America would appear to the audience, and more importantly how it would translate into my senses.
7439 is the number of miles I rode through the country that is home for me now. It kept changing, and it kept surprising me. There is a moment in a photographer’s life when you start connecting the dots, between the past and the future of your language. In some photographers, that moment is every day.
“AFTER THE SHOT, AIMING HIGHER”
(…) In 7439 D’Agostin invites us into a new look of the traditional coast to coast trip with the traits that have been distinguishing his photographic work through the years. One of things which I “love” most in Renato is his unbridled curiosity, his willingness to seek, to “sniff out” new places and environments in order to perceive, find and communicate his own interpretation through his beautiful, delicate and powerful, photographs. Renato’s work is intense and dramatic: black and white signify the absence of time and speak of the fleetingness of life and of memory’s attempt to make up for its loss, to relish once more that moment which has just fled – but which was masterfully captured by the
photographer D’Agostin – helps viewers look at the world from afar, recalling that to reach the essence of things one must first penetrate their darkness.
By alienating that which is ordinary, Renato creates new ways to see daily life. Each photography project thus becomes a new opportunity to discuss and investigate distant, parallel or even universes which are very close to us, and provides viewers with novel ways to interpret that which is in front of our very eyes and which, through the artist’s “cut,” we can perceive differently: at times realistically, at times more “magically.”
His work proves that the poetry of an image is born not from a camera, but from the gaze behind it, and that a photographer’s skill lies not in capturing images, but in being able to convey them.
The infinite chromatic nuances of black and white lead viewers to “see through and
beyond.” Each of Renato’s photos is created with immaculate precision, yet his images describe a slightly distorted reality. Each detail enables a comprehensive vision, and “beyond” is the final escape.
Against a backdrop of documentation, interpretation and the photographer’s images, the notions of closeness and farness overlap, recede and ultimately plunge us into a highly emotional atmosphere through a narrative that is both reflective and vague, sensitive and interrupted – just like the language of poetry. (…)
Renato D'Agostin was born in 1983 in San Donà di Piave, Italy, located within the Province of Venice. The lure of the lagoon city’s atmosphere captured his early photographic instincts. He moved to New York and, at 24, had an exhibition at the Leica Gallery in Soho. Other exhibitions quickly followed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His photography has become part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, The Phillips Collection, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the International Center of Photography in New York and LACMA in Los Angeles. In 2016, he presented 7439 at the Freedom Tower in the Condé Nast Gallery, New York, a collection of photographs captured while traveling 7,439 miles across the United States on his 1983 BMW motorcycle. Renato currently lives in Brooklyn.
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