Photography exhibition by Marco Pejrolo
With original texts by Sudabeh Mohafez and Alberto Salza
Original songs by Antun Opic
Gasteig - Munich
24th January – 13th February 2017
„Spiegel der Seele“ is a collection of more than 50 portraits of refugees, taken by Italian photographer Marco Pejrolo, on display at Gasteig from 24th January to 13th February 2017.
The project wants to create a visual and emotional bridge between the people portrayed in the photos and the exhibition visitors, by using the power of photography to do what is usually impossible every day: we are enveloped in our hectic lives - often superficial and distrustful - and we don't seem to be able to find the time for deep visual contact. We are unable to listen while we are looking at something.
It's as simple as that.
Marco Pejrolo says:
"The world is alive. This is why it is continuously changing, without stopping, and we are changing with it. The power of this change has brought an unknown world of unknown people to our door. Sorrow and terrible suffering have given them the courage and the strength to get here. They are unwilling travelers in our world and they have left behind everything they knew and they loved.
They are called "Flüchtlinge" here. Refugees.
They knocked on my eyelids. I decided to let them in.”
So the Italian photographer’s eye has looked for them, has listened to them and observed. His soul has sympathized with their reality (cum patire: suffer with), has looked for contact and has been impressed by it.
Light makes photos, but the surface to be impressed was the photographer’s conscience, more than the film or the camera sensor.
"I asked myself what role photography could have in what was happening around us. Today. In Germany, where I live. Reporting? Witnessing? Denouncing? I asked myself how a photographer could sympathize with the reality around us and so I tried to involve the viewer, to make him an active subject. The image itself wasn't enough, photography had to become a mirror."
In the mirror the subject becomes the object: contemplating itself, recognizing itself and identifying with it. It unveils itself. If you stand in front of your image a bit longer, the subject won't just be reflected but will start reflecting: thoughts, emotions, feelings will come up.
What if the surface weren't a mirror but another face in a photo? The face of one of the unknown people who have dragged their existence up here, fleeing from the war and destruction? Could we spot anything about ourselves in that picture? About our past? Our identity? Is there a common trait between us and them that could let us see any thoughts, emotions, feelings?
People's eyes become mirrors where life and the soul can be reflected. Wide open eyes, smiling, noble, serious, hidden, innocent, distrustful eyes, where you can glimpse or imagine a glare of their existence or of ours.
The photography exhibition “Spiegel der Seele” suggests interaction between the viewer and the photographs on display. In each of them you will meet some eyes in front of which you can stop, like in front of a mirror, and wait until you can perceive the little part of you reflected by that look. Or you may see what is hidden within those eyes, in the depth of their light and write about it.
Therefore, next to each photo on display there is a space where you can note down your impressions while contemplating the image: a collective album of thoughts and feelings that the snapshot will have aroused in the viewers.
This mirroring process will be accompanied by some texts written by the German writer Sudabeh Mohafez and by the Italian anthropologist Alberto Salza, each of them inspired by a portrait on display. Some original songs written and sung by Antun Opic will be the soundtrack of this visual and emotional experience.
The whole artistic production, including portraits, texts and songs, will be included in the exhibition catalogue.