Pantonecropolis

New York Cemetery 2, NY, USA

New York I (Calvary – Queens), USA 2014

 

Cemeteries are deliberately created and highly organized cultural landscapes, which tell much about mankind’s view of life and death. The photographs which focus on the inner dealings of societies betray our chaotic fears, terrors and tremors which ironically create some sort of order, when all is seemingly gone. The panoramic photographs reflect the architectural liberty and the aesthetic freedom granted by death, which frees man from cultural constructions. These photographs show how funeral architecture becomes the ultimate expression where all fantasies, all emotions can be: if there is a mimesis between the architecture of life and that of death, the latter goes further, architectural imagination is let loose, and the departed are granted with a palimpsest of potentialities and emotional avatars of all that which could have been, may never have been and yet, is now, for ever. 

 

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Rio de Janeiro I, Brazil, 2013

 

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Old Cairo, Egypt, 2017

 

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Marseille (Saint Pierre), France, 2015

 

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New York II (Calvary – Queens), USA, 2014

 

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Tepic (Hidalgo), Mexico, 2016

 

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Berlin (Weisensee), Germany, 2016

 

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Dublin (Fingal), Ireland, 2015

 

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Brescia (Vantiniano), Italy, 2014

 

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Pachuca, Mexico2015

 

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Dublin (Mount Jérôme), Ireland, 2016

 

Cemetery_Lipari, Italy

Lipari,  Italy, 2015

 

Cemetery_Taxco_Mexico

Taxco, Mexico, 2015

 

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New Orleans (Saint Louis II), USA, 2014

 

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Rio de Janeiro II, Brazil, 2013

 

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Constantine, Algeria, 2016

 

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Milan (Monumentale), Italy, 2015

 

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Barcelona (Montjuic), Spain, 2013

 

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Cairo-Suez Hyway (Km.26), Egypt, 2017

 

 

Sublime encounters are of the most visceral and memorable ones in human experience. Pantonecropolis explores how architectural and landscape manipulations can evoke sublime experiences and can lift individuals from the everyday into the transcendental. Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo takes us into a necrogeography of the everyday, of the mundane and of the detail, with the intimate photographs of the first two rooms, as well as into a necrogeography of the beyond, with the panoramic photographs of the larger room. Both movements of the exhibition, when brought together, investigate the transcendental nature of the cemetery…

Download: Towards a Necrogeography of the Sublime

 

 

Museums & Galleries

 

AuditoriumArte
Curator: Anna Cestelli
Rome, 2016

 

 

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La fotografia panoramica del Cristo morto è l’opera attorno a cui ruota, figurativamente e concettualmente, il progetto espositivo Pantonecropolis di Alejandro Gomez de Tuddo in AuditoriumArte.

Fotografato su una parete del cimitero di Messina, il corpo del Cristo – steso sulla lastra d’unzione secondo un’iconografia rinascimentale del Cristo Morto che ci ricorda quello straordinario del vertiginoso scorcio del Mantegna -, è un’immagine di alta intensità simbolica che condensa e racchiude in sé la dimensione intima delle fotografie in bianco e nero della prima sala, e quella invece più apertamente pubblica delle grandi fotografie panoramiche della seconda sala: ampi orizzonti dove le architetture dei cimiteri si fondono con lo skyline delle città sullo sfondo.

La dimensione privata della Morte è fissata dallo sguardo sobrio ed elegante dell’artista in fotografie scattate nelle sue flanerie solitarie nelle “città dei morti” in giro per il mondo: preziose composizioni di Vanitas rubate al tempo che scorre, alcune più astratte e suggerenti e altre più realistiche e crude, memori anche nel sapiente gioco di luce e ombra della Natura Morta seicentesca. Natura Morta anch’essa, la fotografia del Cristo introduce tuttavia, nella sua orizzontalità, alla dimensione collettiva e antropologica della Morte delle vedute panoramiche dei cimiteri allestite a scorrere una dietro l’altra… Download: Gallery Exhibition Text

 

 

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Artwork List & Technical Specifications

 

1. New York I (Calvary – Queens), USA, 2014
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

2. Marseille (Saint Pierre), France, 2015
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

3. Sidi Bel Abbes (Mulai Abdelkader I), Algeria, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

4. Rio de Janeiro I, Brazil, 2013
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

5. New York II (Calvary – Queens), USA, 2014
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

6. Algiers (Miramar), Algeria, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

7. Tepic (Hidalgo), Mexico, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

8. Bordj (Sidi Zitouni), Algeria, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

9. Dublin (Fingal), Ireland, 2015
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

10. Brescia (Vantiniano), Italy, 2014
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

11. Pachuca, Mexico2015
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

12. Biskra (M’Chouneche), Algeria, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

13. Dublin (Mount Jerome), Ireland, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

14. Lipari,  Italy, 2016
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

15. Taxco, Mexico, 2015
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

16. New Orleans (Saint Louis II), USA, 2014
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

17. Rio de Janeiro II, Brazil, 2013
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm

18. Milan (Monumentale), Italy, 2015
Black & white digital fine art print on Hahnemühle photo rag  ultra smooth paper, 1/5
190 x 70 cm 

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