Pio De Rose
Aquaria - The Blue Glass Landscape
The act of looking has always characterised the relationship between people and animals. However, recent studies have focused on the uniqueness of the environments where this mutual act of looking takes place and how they enhance evocative responses. I visited some of the world's biggest aquariums to photograph the traces of their surreal settings portraying visitors' "observing while being absorbed" by the oneiric blue surroundings accommodating their presence. In this extraordinary dimension, the lack of recognisable space and time coordinates generates isolated and transparent memories devoid of and in contrast with the chaos and paraphernalia characterising aquariums as tourist attractions to retain the contemplative and emotional essence of the visit, which is turned into fragmented visions of a lucid dream.
Marwah Al Mugait • Lívia Bonadio • Kasia Ciechanowska • Faye De Gannes • Pio De Rose • Michael McGuinness • Daniel J Norwood • Fabio Pezzarini • Kevin Ricks • Zlata Rodionova • Anastasia Shpilko • Sukruti Staneley • Camilla Watkins • Michele Zambon • Cheng Zeng •