andate in pace (go in peace)

Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli

2012 - 2013

These images are the photographic documentation of churches built after Vatican Council II (1962-1965), they want to reach a synthesis, they therefore depict the Church as an architectural and human place: indispensable elements of the concept of Church that the New Testament defines as "God's building."

The Church, therefore, is not intended as a building but as a space made up of people of flesh and bone, of "human material" or - as Saint Paul continues - of "living stones".

Post-conciliar Churches structure of the chancel was completely revolutionized.

This change led to a shift of the priest, no longer turned towards the tabernacle and the crucifix but to the churchgoers (versus populum), to "make the bridge" between what is spiritual and what is earthly.

The new vision of the priest is vital in our identification within our photographic project. In fact, we place the camera in front of the altar - as if it replaces the priest's gaze - pointed towards the church entrance framing the churchgoers, those present at the ceremony. The camera is a sort of electronic eye, it is a mechanism installed in a place which has been given the command to record a stream of situations.

This procedure turns away the photographer's instinctual attititude and it aims to objectify the situation, leading us to discover what we don't know rather than confirm what we already know.

Photography is then the synthesis.

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  • San Giovanni Battista in Ferro di cavallo's church, Perugia, Saturday 5:59 pm

  • Sacra Famiglia's church, Prato, Sunday 11:04 am

  • Santissimo Redentore's church, Seriate, Sunday 11:03 am

  • Taranto's Concattedrale, august 10, 2012, Friday, 17:02

  • Cuore Immacolato di Maria's church, Silvi Marina, Tuesday 6:55 pm

  • Spirito Santo's church, Avezzano, Monday 5:54 pm

  • San Paolo della Croce's church, Follonica, Saturday 6:04 pm

  • San Gabriele dell'Addolorata's shrine, Isola del Gran Sasso D'Italia, Wednesday 10:59 am

  • Santa Bernardetta's church, Milano, Sunday 11:08 am

  • Santo Volto di Gesù's church, Roma, Sunday 9:49 am

  • Madonna di Fatima's church, Milano, Saturday 6:25 pm

  • Santa Maria in Salsasio's church, Carmagnola, Sarurday 5:58pm

  • San Andrea Di Avellino's church, Roma, Friday 6:11 pm

  • San Paolo's church, Foligno, Sunday 11:08

  • San Giovanni Battista's church, Firenze, Sunday 11:59 am

  • San Antonio Maria Zaccaria's church, Milano, Saturday 5:51 pm

  • Santa Maria al Romito's church, Pontedera, Sunday 11:30 am

  • San Nicolao della Fluè's church, Milano, Sunday 11:02 am

  • Madonna della Speranza's church, Gallarate, Saturday 6:02 pm

  • Church of glass, Baranzate, Sunday 11:00 am

  • Santo Abbate's church, Pescara, Thursday 6:33 pm

  • San Francesco's church, Policoro (MT), Saturday 6:02 pm

  • San Giovanni Bono's church, Milano, Sunday 10:30 am

  • Santi Martiri di Selva Candida's church, Roma, Saturday 7:01 pm

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