21st February 2013
Davide Bramante's 'Roma Caput Mundi' Comes to Mark Miller Gallery
Striking Exhibit Uses Unique Photographic Technique to Capture Historical Rome in Contemporary Times
”Roma Caput Mundi” is a distinctive exhibit by Sicilian photographer Davide Bramante on Rome as Eternal City and Historic Capital. The show’s presence bestows the honor of Rome’s ancient title as Center of the World upon the up-and-coming Lower East Side. This legendary neighborhood would be hard pressed to stake such a claim, even though the “LES” is New York City’s focal point for history, culture, and creativity. Well, there’s a first time for everything, and if Mark Miller achieves his goal, all eyes (and feet) will encircle his gallery. Instead of coming and conquering, however, Miller invites visitors to tour and transact.
Bramante says, “The photos featured in the exhibit combine anywhere from 4 to 9 images, shooting several analog shots on the same frame using common film such as 35 millimeter.” Bramante’s vision, motive, and approach coalesce into groundbreaking creativity with this new photographic project. Each photo consists of a mesmerizing montage, blending images of the ancient and the contemporary city. The result is a poetic and passionate vision of the Italian capital -- an archaeological scrapbook of the Eternal City across the millennia, a composite architectural portrait.
Taking photos of Rome and then “enclosing its essence into a mirror of contemporary society” becomes for Bramante a challenge and tribute to the Eternal City and his Motherland. He provides a cutting edge look at the classics, rendered as though a single image, as if it were a pure thought. The result is a fascinating meditation on the ideal concept of the Eternal City. “My photographing represents exactly my way of remembering, thinking, dreaming, hoping, and imagining. Everything overlaps.” says Bramante. “Davide’s photography showcases and celebrates Rome as a historic symbol of cultural, economic, and social value,” Miller remarks at his two-level gallery.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6 to 9pm
Mark Miller Gallery is a groundbreaking contemporary art gallery on 92 Orchard Street since 1998 that has recently been featured in NY1, New York Observer, BBC, Fox 5, DNA Info, New York Times, PIX 11, People Magazine. http://www.markmillergallery.com/
Mark Miller is the founder and owner of Miller Manhattan Property Group and the Mark Miller Gallery. Miller also served as President of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (BID). The Miller family has been in New York City for seven generations since 1746. Four of those generations have worked in the Lower East Side.