'Forbidden Details' Photo Exhibit by Antonio Lastoria
f11project is proud to present 'Forbidden Details' by Antonio Lastoria at The Rivoli Lounge.
September 1st - November 9th, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: September 5th, 2013. 7 - 10 PM.
Business travel has been a fact of life for Antonio Lastoria during which he has experienced Asia on several occasions. After his first few trips with no visual record of theses 24,000 km journeys, he decided, whenever feasible, to photographically study some element of these exotic lands. In 2012, he visited the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
In 1406, over one million workers including one hundred thousand artisans toiled fourteen years to construct what is known as the Forbidden City. They worked with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, marble, bronze and other precious materials to construct the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Over 980 buildings are abundant with evidence of intricate workmanship, skill, dedication and attention to detail in this architectural marvel. This exhibit’s focal point is the craftsmanship of these individuals concentrating on their artistry and creativity in every aspect of the architecture.
A Slice of China: Leisure
Located 7 kilometres north of Dunhuang city, Mingsha Shan (Echoing-Sand Mountain) is part of the Gobi Desert region with an area spanning 200 square kilometres. The highest peak is 1715 metres above sea level. Mingsha Shan gets its name from the singing sound of people treading or slide on the surface of the sand. The sand mountains are formed by drifting dunes and the sands have five different colors of red, yellow, green, white and black.
There are various theories about the singing sand mechanism. It has been proposed that the sound frequency is controlled by the shear rate. Others have suggested that the frequency of vibration is related to the thickness of the dry surface layer of sand. The sound waves bounce back and forth between the surface of the dune and the surface of the moist layer, creating a resonance that increases the sound’s volume. The noise may be generated by friction between the grains or by the compression of air between them. (Wiki)
It is not uncommon to see an entire neighbourhood in modern day Chinese cities and villages torn down to make way for new urban developments. Once an old historic neighbourhood with ancestral homes can vanish in the blink of an eye in the name of progress.
For some residents, this might be welcoming news provided they do get benefits out of the upheaval. Unfortunately more often than not, the common people which the state is suppose to look after are not getting what they deserve. A lot of them asked the same question: Is this the price of progress?
Concentration: Chess game observer.
Sign: No dangerous goods allowed onboard.
24-hour westbound train to Dunhuang, China.
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.