Portus. Opera in natura

Photographic exhibition by Franco Mapelli 

Opening: Monday 3 February 2014, 18:30

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 16.30 – 19.00, to 15 February


The Portus Project, comprising the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, the British School at Rome and the University of Southampton, has commissioned Franco Mapelli to give a visual interpretation of the Archaeological Park of the Trajanic Port. This exhibition is made up of 30 large-scale photographs through which the photographer focuses on the relationship between archaeological remains and nature.

The catalogue, published by Quodlibet, shows that Portus is not only a fascinating archaeological site, but also a place of extraordinary natural beauty.

“Franco Mapelli is a photographer of boundaries, in the sense that he has a lens trained to linger on the places that are no longer and not yet” – writes Maria Perosino in the catalogue – “… Even here he stumbles over a boundary: the one that nature draws, when she reclaims its spaces.”

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