Exhibition and Vernissage: İSTANBUL SURLARI – The Land Walls of Istanbul

Exhibition & Vernissage

  • Event canceled, new date to be defined!
  • Datum: 25.03.2020
  • Vortragende(r): Domenico Ventura
  • Ort: Neubau, Via Gregoriana 30, 00187 Rom
  • Kontakt: sanchez@biblhertz.it
Exhibition and Vernissage: İSTANBUL SURLARI – The Land Walls of Istanbul
The Land Walls of Constantinople, built by emperor Theodosius II at the beginning of the fifth century, are – with the Aurelian Walls of Rome – the largest preserved city walls of antiquity. For centuries they protected the capital of the Byzantine, and then the Ottoman Empire, from external attacks. Although they are the most impressive surviving work of late Roman military architecture, the tourist crowds in modern Istanbul rarely visit this extraordinary monument.

Domenico Ventura has walked the walls from the Golden Horn to the Sea of Marmara with his camera several times since 2009, always carrying with him the chronicles of the conquest of the city in 1453 as well as the travel reports by Edmondo de Amicis from 1874. This exhibition aims to explore the monument in the context of a city that is undergoing a rapid modernization process while being visibly in touch with its past. The photographs also focus on the transitions between the urban space and rural areas: In fact the ancient gardens cultivated by the "inhabitants of the walls" are still preserved as one of the oldest historical cultivated landscapes in the Mediterranean, but they are seriously endangered by modern urban planning. Mixing, reshaping and abandonment determine the selection of images with a strong documentary character. Are the walls an obstacle to change, or rather a symbol of the constantly changing relationship between the city and its people?

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to those of the Photo Collection
Vernissage: March 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Welcome: Johannes Röll, Domenico Ventura

Domenico Ventura: After graduating in History of Medieval Art, Ventura specialized in the photographic documentation of works of art, carrying out photographic campaigns for scientific publications, exhibition catalogs, restoration sites and archaeological excavations in Italy and abroad. He worked e.g. in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Vatican Museums, the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, the Archaeological Park in Pompeii, the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Open Air Museum in Göreme (Cappadocia), the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, the Monastery of Deir Mar Musa al Habasci (Damascus). He also dedicates himself to personal documentary photography projects and has participated in various exhibitions. https://domenicoventura.com/

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