Wednesday, September 20, 2006

People and the architecture

A Roman holiday in Mumbai Georgina Maddox
The Indian Express Tuesday , September 19, 2006 Home> Mumbai> Talk
SO you couldn't make it to Italy this summer. Live vicariously is what we say, through images from the land of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and classic sculptures. Three Italian artists: Photographer Mino La Franca, who has trained his lens on Rome; Pino Marchese who gives you India through Italian eyes and painter Lucia Pescador, who presents her inner vision on canvas—a symposium of both the countries, will be showcasing their work at the Italia Art Fest at Masterpieces Galerie De Designe.
This celebration of Italian art will be on from September 22 to October 7 at the gallery, which is located at Jony Castle, off Wodehouse Road in Colaba.
‘‘The show is intended to give viewers a slice of Italy. I’ve always felt that Italy and India have so many things in common. This show is an attempt to exchange as much of our beautiful ancient cultures as we can,’’ says La Franca, a well known fashion photographer, known for the D’damas campaign.
While Pino Marchese and Lucia Pescador will unfortunately not be able to make it for the opening night, their works will speak for them. Marchese is ‘an architect by education and photographer by passion’, who now lives in Auroville, Pondichery and his photographs of India delve into the vibrant relationship between the people and the architecture surrounding them.
Franca has worked with Pescador in Milan and is of the opinion that she is one of the ‘best Italian painters, who lives in a world of dreams, inspired by her home and her immediate surroundings.’ She is well known in Italy for her vibrant colours and her works are collected by many. This is not the first time that Pescador is showing in India, she had an exhibition here last year, too. The photographs are for sale and priced between Rs 5,000 to Rs One lakh.
The inaugural night will wind up with Italian elan, with opera singer Claudine rendering Le Figaro. The evening is organised by COHO, and is open to all.

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