Waiting. On the Dolomite Front of the First World War
Photographs by Fabio Pasini
A Fabio Pasini exhibition opens a series of photography exhibitions at the War Museum entitled Views of the First World War, housed in the Malipiero tower of Rovereto Castle.
Fabio Pasini focuses on the symbolic sites of the Italian-Austrian front, particularly the Dolomite front: wild and wonderful places, as enchanting today as they have always been. Yet, a century ago they became the site of terrible atrocities.
Fabio Pasini has chosen to represent this world through the simplest means possible, the pinhole: no lens, no viewfinder, only a small hole through which the film is exposed to light. An extremely simple concept which requires great care, long waiting times and which allows limited control.
This tool has allowed the photographer to capture the beauty of these mountains, but above all to grasp their silent and secret drama.
14 9x9 cm black and white prints are on display.
The photos are of Pasubio, both the summit area, where the clashes between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies were harshest, as well as the masterpiece of military engineering named the Road of 52 Tunnels.
The profile of the Colbricon mountain shifts our attention to the area of Lagorai and Passo Rolle. Images of the Dolomites area follow: the trenches on Lagazuoi, what remains of the Italian positions on the Cengia Martini ledge, the Italian trenches on the 5 Towers, but also the stark profile of Tofana Rozes and Sass di Stria. The journey continues through Cristallino and Mount Piana, and concludes in the Sesto Dolomites: the Three Peaks of Lavaredo seen from an Italian emplacement carved into the rock of Mount Paterno, the Road of the Alpini and Cima Undici.
Thanks to the cooperation of the Azienda di Promozione turistica di Rovereto e Vallagarina, tourists can have a preview of the exhibition with a photograph displayed at the Infopoint in Piazza Rosmini during the first weeks of the exhibition.
The exhibition was organised with the support of theProvincia Autonoma di Trento's Department of Cultureand is part of the official programme for the Commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Task Force for the Anniversaries of National Interest.
Fabio Pasini, 1968 San Secondo Parmense
With Into the Poem, his first work of art, Pasini interpreted the Arctic, a world in which he lived and where he developed a particular sensitivity to the landscape. Nature is his principle subject, often depicted as suspended and barely defined.
He is represented by Galleria Forni in Bologna.
organization: Museo storico italiano della Guerra