In the nineteenth century, the English poet George Gordon Byron wrote “I love not Man the less, but Nature more/From these our interviews, in which I steal/ From all I may be, or have been before/To mingle with the Universe.” From these words emerges a desire of dialogue with the world of nature, which is currently going through indecisive times, despite the emergence of an international policy aimed at environmental sustainability. However, there are lifestyles that can preserve it and even narrating it visually is an act of love towards a reality that asks to be protected and discovered.
“The intention is to awaken man’s sleepy conscience. The photograph arises as an epiphanic image that stimulates moral reflection on the theme of environmental sustainability and the control of speculation on nature”.CHARLIE DAVOLI
Looking at the artworks of the artist Charlie Davoli is like rekindling the identity of solidarity towards the environment that has been lost. In Davoli’s photos, the universe once again becomes a place of common coexistence where human beings, nature and urban reality quietly coexist. Nature imposes itself with its vigorous power, leaving not enough space for human beings who live in city realities characterized by a sublime and surreal aspect. The creative power of Davoli’s works is precisely in this concept of dissonance: a visual short-circuit that develops an imaginative desire in the observer and opens his mind to dreamlike realities.
“In my photographic works I narrate visual paradoxes in which urban scenarios are recaptured by nature, which relives them in a utopian way.”CHARLIE DAVOLI
Written by Maria Vittoria Pinotti.