August 24, 2016

Robert Polidori to Exhibit Monumental Works at New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery

Hotel Petra #10, Beirut, 2010. Aqueous Inkjet on Parrot Angelica Universal Photomatte paper mounted on Dibond. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery. 

Renowned for his highly detailed photographs, Robert Polidori has turned his cameras on the layered spaces of Havana, the remnants of labor and habitation in Chernobyl after the nuclear accident, and, for which he is perhaps most well-known, the abandoned houses and destroyed neighborhoods of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

More recently, Polidori has been visiting India to capture aspects of urban life there. “In India, I have the impression of looking at a few thousand years of continuous uninterrupted human history. Traces of time are everywhere, residing alongside colonies of contemporary modernity,” writes the artist.

Dharavi #1, Mumbai, 2008. Archival UV cured ink on linen canvas. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Three monumental images taken in Mumbai will be on display in “Ecophilia / Chronostasis,” opening September 8th at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. To create the largest photograph, 60 Feet Road, large-format film was scanned and digitally combined into one continuous forty-foot image meant to represent the length of the narrow street. “He wanted the photographs to focus beyond a single isolated section or view, while also having the subject serve as the guide for the framing of the image,” says Mariska Nietzman, director of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

60 Feet Road, Dharavi, Mumbai, 2008. Epson archival inkjet print on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

This is the gallery’s inaugural exhibition with the photographer, and it will also include a set of images of a once luxurious hotel damaged during Lebanon’s civil war. Lingering on buckling and peeling paint for these photographs, Polidori poetically riffs on art history while exposing the residue of an abandoned relic.

“Ecophilia / Chronostasis” opens September 8 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27th Street, New York, NY, through October 15, 2016.

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