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Roberto Bocci: Metrorail

  • Artisphere 1101 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA, 22209 United States (map)


SEPT 3 – NOV 30 
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Metrorail, Roberto Bocci’s newest body of work explores urban environments in and around the Washington, DC, Metrorail system. This terrain, familiar to the millions of commuters and tourists who pass through on a daily basis, is rendered disorienting yet strangely beautiful in panoramic photographs and experimental film. Bocci employs photographic techniques including stop-motion and photo stitching to present multiple moments and perspectives concurrently. In one panoramic work, a passing traveler captured in crisp focus is juxtaposed with the blur of a train speeding by. The long, horizontal grid structure of the panoramas calls to mind not only the architecture of the Metrorail system, but also the geometry of film strips, evoking cinematic time as well. Says Bocci, “I believe that urban environments have a direct influence on human life and that architectural structures can be considered metaphors for the human body. As an artist I am interested in portraying the relationship between humans and their urban environments and the sense of disorientation that may derive from traveling through and inhabiting these spaces.”

Metrorail is also shown concurrently at The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties in Washington DC.

Roberto Bocci (b. Siena, Italy, lives and works in Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA) is a photographer, media artist, and Associate Professor of Digital Media and Photography at Georgetown University. His work comprises single and composite photographic images and experimental time-based works; his artistic concerns encompass multiple points of view and questions of personal and social identity. Bocci has shown his work in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia and has been awarded fellowships and grants including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Woodstock Photography Grant, and an Arlington Commission for the Arts Spotlight Grant, among others. A series of prints were previously exhibited in Artisphere’s Mezz Gallery.

For more information about this exhibit, visit the Artisphere website. You can also catch Bocci's FotoTalk at FotoWeek Central on Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m. More information