Lorenzo Castore “Ultimo Domicilio” at Galleria del Cembalo, Rome

Lorenzo Castore, Fontenay-Mauvoisin, France, 2011


From February 8th to March 31st, 2018 Galleria del Cembalo hosts the exhibitions Ultimo Domicilio by Lorenzo Castore, along the work Housing by Berlin artist Evol. The works are conversing around the theme of housing and living, and the private dimension, thus suggesting possible connections within the dichotomies of interior and exterior, silence and absence.

Ultimo Domicilio’s photographies are a reflection on existence and the existed, visual synonymous of the concept of passage. For the first time, Galleria del Cembalo proposes twelve large works, each one dedicated to a house the artist portrayed.

Houses tells a lot about their own inhabitants, even after they have left. Laura Serani writes about Castore’s petite recherche: “Paintings on walls, photographs, objects on bedside tables, books on shelves resonate with one another, reflecting desires and aspirations, memories and affections.”

Since about nine years, Lorenzo Castore has been working in these silent houses, where life “seems to have evaporated.” Castore states: “I’ve known these houses for various reasons, either I have lived in them, visited or abandoned them; they were either my own or someone else’s house. They all say something about what I was looking for in these years of wandering.” Castore worked between Turin, Florence, Casarola, Sarajevo, Krakow and New York, always following his desire to find traces of intensively lived lives. As for the grandparents of the author, Giacomo and Maria who lead an “ordinary Italian life,” whose traces had to be found in their personal belongings housed in Via Masaccio in Florence.

Likewise, Casarola’s domicile speaks of the Bertolucci family. Through some stock and current shooting footage, Castore describes this place (which always was a source of inspiration for both Attilio and his sons Bernardo and Giuseppe) in the short film Casarola, shot in and around Bertolucci’s family house: an untouched place of imagination and affection. Besides the watercolored photographs, the film projection touches on the relationship with the origin and the father, an escape from reality in between personal mementos and present time, in a rarefied atmosphere in which memories merge with dreams.

Ultimo Domicilio leads then the audience across the ocean, in Brooklyn, in Adam Grossman Cohen’s apartment. Filmmaker, son of the photographer Sid, Adam perpetuates the same tendency his father had towards an absolute and metaphysical beauty. Abandoned in 2010, the New York house is the tangible testament of Cohen’s inner turmoil.

Castore talks about New York, as well as Sarajevo, Mostar, Fontenay-Mauvoisin, Rome, Milan, Finale Ligure and Krakow. A place of freedom and experimentation, Krakow was Castore’s home for six years, “a true beginning” of his personal research.  Lorenzo Castore portrays homes as experiences, while speaking of experiences turned into symbolical homes that anyone carries inside. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Ultimo Domicilio, curated by Laura Serani (L’Artiere, Bologna, 2016).


Lorenzo Castore, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 2009


Lorenzo Castore, Finale Ligure, Italy, 2010


Lorenzo Castore, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008


Lorenzo Castore, Krakow, Poland, 2010


Lorenzo Castore
Ultimo Domicilio
Curated by Mario Peliti and Laura Serani
8 February–31 March 2018
Opening 8 February 2018, 6:30pm

Galleria del Cembalo | Largo della Fontanella di Borghese 19, Rome
Opening times: Wed/Fri 3:30–7pm, Sat 11am–7pm or by appointment
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