Hands | Head On Photo Festival



Monia Merlo

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Exhibition Description

Hands and gestures.

Hands always tell emotions that go beyond words.

What fascinates me about hands is that through their movement they reveal, beyond the face’s expressions.

For me, these photos are the purest form of an intimate portrait.They show fragility, elegance, beauty but especially women portrayed in their detachment from the world. They are gathered in themselves, unreachable and do not seek any dialogue with the viewer.

I 'd like to recall a few passages of “Immortality" by Milan Kundera:

"Just imagine living in a world without mirrors. You'd dream about your face and imagine it as an outer reflection of what is inside you. And then, when you reached forty, someone put a mirror before you for the first time in your life. Imagine your fright! You'd see the face of a stranger. And you'd know quite clearly what you are unable to grasp: your face is not you.”

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Artist Bio

Born in 1970 in Italy, in a small town near to Venice.

After finishing her studies, she teamed her work as an architect with her passion for Art and Photography, making it her main expression medium. Monia currently works as a freelance photographer, her work is mainly focused on fashion, including prestigious collaborations with famous brands and magazines. Her photos find inspiration in literature, poetry, nature and her most inner feelings.

They are means of creation, research and development of a work which undergoes a constant evolution, as well as being a way to represent, through fragile feminine bodies, the artist's search of herself.

Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

03 May 2019 to 31 May 2019

Open Hours

Opening Hours: 
Monday - Thursday:
9:30 am-6:00 pm
9:30 am-1:00 pm

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