The Alberto Peola gallery is pleased to host and present The invisibility of winter, Laura Pugno’s solo exhibition.
by Manuela Pacella
For the final truth about snowflakes is that they become more individual as they fall—that, buffeted by wind and time, they are translated, as if by magic, into ever more strange and complex patterns, until, at last, like us, they touch earth. Then, like us, they melt.
The familiar, iconic image of a snowflake was born at the end of the nineteenth century thanks to the photographic repertoire of over 5000 snow crystals captured by American photographer Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley. Just as the English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, captured the real motion of a running horse in 1878, the discovery of "reality" thanks to photography no longer allowed false steps in the representation of the world. But if Muybridge corrected errors in representation – horses no longer appear to have all four legs raised in unison except, perhaps, in children’s rocking horses – Bentley contributed, instead, to a further imaginative projection towards that natural phenomenon thanks to which the world silences itself to preserve intact the bud of future genesis. Bentley selected only the most complex and perfect snow crystals and established not only a specific narrative of snow – whether associated with Christmas or not – he also fostered the idea that the exclusivity of snowflakes was a reflection of the human soul. A century later, experiential uniqueness was added to genetic uniqueness when, in 1988, cloud scientist Nancy Knight discovered that «while it’s true that snowflakes often start out alike, it is their descent from the clouds into the world that makes them alter»2.More information