?NTIMACY – Photography by Dori Caspi

for ELSA MICHAEL SMILE PROJECT

Florence, 30th November 2014

curated by Giacomo Belloni, Marco Vincenzi, Christina Magnanelli Weitensfelder

“I can draw a clear and conscious separation between the inner place from which I photograph –  the energetic source to my art – and the meaning and connotations which might arise from my work.”

Dori Caspi

?INTIMACY- Photographs by Dori Caspi was opened to the public in Florence at Luxury Locatioins of Florence, in Piazza del Carmine, 2.

Promoted and produced by BAG Photo Art Gallery, curated by Giacomo Belloni, Marco Vincenzi, Christina Magnanelli Weitensfelder, the exhibition also presents two works more by the same Israeli photographer: Himba Moments and the OMO project.

On display are the images of the Himba project. They were taken throughout 15 trips to Namibia. Caspi wanted to intimately show the inhabitants of a remote and isolated village populated by the Himba, one of the few tribes left completely uncontaminated by the civilized world.

In his contrasting project, OMO Dori Caspi exhibits the portrayal of the homonymous tribe of Southern Ethiopia.
The images on display recount the oppositions noted by Caspi between the two tribes. One trusting and welcoming that has not yet been contaminated by progress, the other already in a sort of fictional installation already civilized.

The question that is displayed throughout Caspi’s work is whether the discovery and expansion of civilization is in harmony with nature and its elements.

The result is a unique journey in the depths of Africa through the wise and scrutinizing eye of Dori Caspi.

The video recorded during the vernissage at the BAG Photo Art Gallery was projected. Here the photographer tells his spiritual and profoundly human vision of that part of the world. So distant at times, so close.

Dori Caspi, Tel Aviv (Israel), 1965, studies and works as a lawyer. Dori then goes to live and work in Africa. Moving in 1998, he then began to photograph nature and the tribes, especially the Himba. After 15 years of work, he presents to the public through means of exhibitions and documentaries worldwide. In 2006 he received the special jury prize at the Paris Film Festival  for the documentary Cry of the Owl, a story dedicated to the Himba Population.