CHAM / NICOLA LO CALZO
> Exhibition curation with l’Agence à Paris / exhibition scenography / graphic design of communication tools
The first exhibition to showcase the work of photographer Nicola Lo Calzo on the memories of slavery in its entirety.
“For nearly seven years now, photographer Nicola Lo Calzo has documented the multiple lineages and the various manifestations of the memories of colonial slavery, of the resistances to it, of its abolitions… Nicola Lo Calzo’s quest has brought him to West African coasts (Tchamba), to the outskirts of Port au Prince (Ayiti), through the Mornes of Guadeloupe (Mas), to the forgotten neighborhoods of New Orleans(Casta), to the periphery of Santiago de Cuba (Regla), to the banks of the Maroni River (Obia). … The photographer unveils the importance of living legacies that constitute the practices and knowledge of the communities that share this history. … These legacies transcend the political boundaries of the present and remind us that freedom lodges itself in the cracks, in unexpected places, the differences, and it is humanity’s salvation to know how to celebrate these differences like rays of light that illuminate our present and our future beyond the disasters too often dressed up in the form of a desired “modernity.” In each of the photographs in this exhibition is a homage, a reverence to the beauty of the world when beauty remembers itself. This beauty of the world is all the more so, as much in the way it holds itself in the face of crimes as in the way of inhabiting the world in all the éclat of its difference.”
Excerpt of the presentation text
© Nicola Lo Calzo
Exhibition held October 21st, 2017 to January 20th, 2018 at the La Balsa Arte Gallery in Bogota, Colombia