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Stefano Zardini

Snow Art. Romantic Dolomites

The photo exhibition Snow Art is open from 4th January to 7th April 2019 with free entrance.

Let us suppose that a visitor from a distant galaxy ends up in the Dolomites. Maybe he got lost, maybe he is landed here for mysterious reasons. In front of him a new world opens up.
White dunes that scatter in the wind, glittering surfaces of ice crystals, 250 million-year-old rock faces. 
One could say that his curious gaze is that of a true artist: where common people see flat postcard images, the artist contemplates the germ of pure beauty, free from any deception caused by the tired stereotypes of photography. 
With the aid of his technical means, maybe this unusual traveller would take some pictures of his journey along the way in order to show them when he gets home: photographs that convey an overwhelming feeling of wonder. 

Stefano Zardini, Pierluigi Orler and Gustav Willeit, very versatile exponents of Fine Art Photography and Snow Art, are locals: they are from Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Val di Fiemme and Bruneck. We could call them proud inhabitants of the "planet" Dolomites.  
All three are still get astonished by a landscape as if they were seeing it for the first time, transforming a familiar panorama into a fresh and surprising image. 

Photographers with a passion for mountains

Pierluigi Orler, Fiemme Valley 

He has a camera in his hands since he was small, when his father taught him to watch, look, and almost contemplate reality, then capture what excited him in an image

Pierluigi Orler sees snow as the shape-shifting epiphany of becoming, an impalpable entity of unprecedented transparency, pure poetry. Daughter of the metamorphosis of an element, static when it settles, this endless white blanket hides something beyond the appearance of this cold barren and becomes fascination, art, when captured by the lens.

Gustav Willeit, La Villa in Badia

Photography does not exist. It is the artist who utilises photography as an intellectual and affective instrument to relate to the complexity of the outside world in an intense journey along the pathway of research ending up by coinciding with existence itself

In the works of Gustav Willeit, the mountains are like Beethoven’s Fifth: a sudden sensation of a sound of considerable intensity in front of which “attention is aroused, and the faculties tense in their defense”, as Edmund Burke stated.

Stefano Zardini, Cortina d’Ampezzo

Stefano Zardini hails from a long line of photographers, stretching back to the medium’s earliest days in the late 19th century. Given this auspicious heritage, it is unsurprising that Zardini turned to photography from a young age, both as a livelihood and as a means of self expression

Stefano Zardini plays on the “negation of discipline of reason” by shaping the transfiguration of the landscapes of the Dolomites into dreamlike and fantastic spaces, as if the subconscious had been left the freedom of elaboration in spite of awareness and reason. The dream of living, even if only for an instant, in different worlds one imagines to be better, is at the same time fascinating and disturbing.