Friday, May 24, 2013

Robert Polidori

Robert Polidori, 2732 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, 6328 North Miro Street, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, 6539 Canal Street, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, View from St. Claude Avenue Bridge, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, 2520 Deslondes, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, Bellair Drive No. 2, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, 1720 Touro Street, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, 5603 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, 1908 Wickfield Drive, New Orleans, 2005

Robert Polidori, St. Bernard Avenue and North Robertson Street, 2005

Robert Polidori (Canadian, b. 1951) illuminates human pathos at the intersection of man's desire for structure as evidenced by rooms, places and the impact of larger environmental forces. Acknowledging the Italian word for "camera" as “room,” and the use of the machine as a metaphor for sight, Polidori's masterful understanding of Renaissance and post-Renaissance perspectives create lush, eloquent images where the traces of human experience come alive. It is the layers of history and the collective remnants of a place's past inhabitants that drive Polidori and have created his iconic body of work. Whether breathing in the memories and life of those rooms standing as a testament to man's greatness and ambition at Versailles or the fading beauty of Havana, Cuba, Polidori also documents human environments touched by great sadness and destruction as evidenced by his work in Cherynobyl and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York held a critically acclaimed exhibition of Polidori’s After the Flood images in 2006. He has had mid-career retrospectives at the Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal  and the Instituto Moreira Salles Museum in Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil. His work is held in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, among others. Robert Polidori lives and works between New York and Los Angeles.

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Dancing Branflake said...

Last night my house shook from an earthquake and I thought, "The levee's going to break!" I live in a major flood zone. There's no saving us if the levee breaks. Needless to say, these photos are my worst nightmare. And a great reminder of emergency preparedness.

Annabelle Archer said...

These are Amazing.

cerebral e said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing.

Kathryn said...

It is amazing how he made a wreckage look like a backdrop for a high fashion ad.

sealaura said...

pretty amazing pics, kind of eerily beautiful in a way. I just got back from helping my inlaws clean up what's left of their house in Oklahoma, the images there, were unreal.

SabinePsynopsis said...

What an incredible project! The destruction looks kind of beautiful - which is shocking in itself.

Trissta said...

Holy cow. Can you imagine if you had to come back to this? Or what about the twisters in OK? I don't know if I could handle it. I know how much grief and destruction is caused by those things...

Much Love,

Miss Caitlin S. said...

wow, I have never seen these. Amazing. They are so captivating, beautiful and sad all at once. The one in the house with the chandeliers really speaks to me. It looks like they liked to have some fashionable flair and the house is just a mess now, with the evidence of their taste dangling in the mess. Thanks for sharing these!