Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present the Suspended, a series of work by Italian photographer Massimo Cristaldi (Catania, b. 1970).
Cristaldi says “Suspended is a photographic sequence exploring what is far from Mediterranean stereotypes. No winking postcards testifying a collective image of lands full of art and nature. No iconic visions of black dressed mamas, godfathers, and religious fests. Visual sketches, are my landscapes where the city is as old as time and continuous with it. Where every place has been (or is going to be) colonized by man made artifacts.”
Cristaldi has been recognized in international photography competitions such as International Photography Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, Travel Photographers Of the Year. Cristaldi has exhibited in solo and group shows and at photography festivals in Europe, US, Canada and Brazil. He is represented by galleries in Belgium and Italy. He lives and works in Catania and Rome. Cristaldi’s photographs are part of the permanent collection of the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY.
In Suspended there is a splendid and tragic feeling of emptiness, if those two could be mentioned in the same breath, and surreal as well. I like the scale shifts you are seeing with the cars, people, the houses, and the sun-blasted and burnt color of the landscapes and buildings. It shows me a kind of painful beauty in desolation, taking us beyond any hope of recovery. This is good work. Congratulations for staying so true — Joel Meyerowitz