Nel soffio della storia
Elio Ciol‘s photography is a story of places and characters, protagonists of that history that contemporary revolutions and ideals are transforming.
The ruins of the Libyan and Syrian archaeological sites, such as Palmyra and Leptis Magna, are a testimony to changes of time and society; yet they preserve, in Ciol’s photographs, the untouched charm of history.
This charm is especially to be recognized in the landscapes, in which Ciol has totally revolutionized his photographic storytelling by breaking down the images into diptychs and triptychs to allow figures and places to interact among each other, to highlight that deep and atavic relationship that links mankind and nature, just like Francis of Assisi did.
Ciol’s encounter with revolution first occurred in Casarsa, the Friulian town he was born in, where he met and captured the intensity and depth of Pierpaolo Pasolini, one of the most important and groundbreaking intellectuals of the twentieth century, a man who never took a step back with his passion and courage.
In Ciol’s images, the peasant and folk world, the spiritual bond that unites mankind with the world, becomes the background of contemporary utopias, as recognized by international museums and photographic collections.