Monica Silva

Location: Milano
Nationality: Brazilian
Biography: Monica Silva is a Brazilian self-taught photographer. Her first steps into photography happened in a very young age, shooting with polaroids and instamatics cameras. Keen of experiments in photography and specially on staged psychology... read on
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Sacred and profane
monica silva
Aug 9, 2019
M.a.c Milan from 17th to 21st of September 2019, with the promotion of Maimeri Foundation in collaboration with CEPIM spa.

Many believe that photography is just making a click, but sometimes behind each shot lays down an important and often painful story.

I will reveal some little secrets about the photographs that will be showing in this upcoming exhibition:

The woman of the image 'Sacred Meal' (inspired by Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus), is entitled 'Ars Mater' (mother of the art) or 'Mater Ecclesia' (ecclesiastical mother), and is a reinterpretation in honor of the female Pope Joan VIII  who reigned at the pontiff from 853 to 855. The story says that she was an English woman educated in Mainz in Germany. With skilful disguises as a man, she was able to enter the order of monks with the name of Johannes Anglicus and to this present day it has never been  clear her real name was, but everyone knows her as the female Pope Joan.
There are obviously many disputes between the true and the myth about this story.  The medieval legend was probably  brought by the Orthodox society.
The church has moved away from the story even though someone in the clerical staff admitts  that there could be some truth.  Certainly it is a curious fact also due to the many stories that followed the legend.
Many people know my story, and are aware of my reluctance towards religion but through photography I try to deepen my doubts on the subject, doing research and asking myself questions in search of the truth, my truth.

 "Sacred & Profane"​ dal 17 al 21 Settembre 2019 
Spazio MAC, Milano promossa dalla Fondazione Maimeri in colaborazione com CEPIM Interporto di Parma. Sveliamo piccoli segreti sulle fotografie che verranno esposte: La donna dell'immagine 'Sacro Pasto' (inspirata alla Cena a Emmaus di Caravaggio),...
M.a.c Milan dal 17 al 21 Settembre 2019, con la pormozione della Fondazione Maimeri e la collaborazione di CEPIM spa.

Molti credono che la fotografia è solo fare un clic e basta ma talvolta dietro ad ogni scatto si cella una storia importante ed spesso anche dolorose.

Sveliamo piccoli segreti sulle fotografie che verranno esposte:
La donna dell'immagine 'Sacro Pasto' (inspirata alla Cena a Emmaus di Caravaggio), intitolata 'Ars Mater' (madre dell'arte) o “Mater Ecclesia” (madre ecclesiastica), è una rivisitazione in onore alla Papessa Giovanni VIII che ha regnato al pointificio dal 853 al 855. Si narra che, lei inglese, educata a Magonza in Germania, con abili travestimenti da uomo è riuscita ad entrare nell'ordine dei monaci come Johannes Anglicus e ad oggi ancora non si è mai capito il suo vero nome, ma tutti la conoscono come la Papessa Giovanna.
Ci sono ovviamente molte controversie tra il vero ed il mito su questa storia. Si narra che la leggenda medievale probabilmente proviene dal mondo ortodosso.
La chiesa ha preso distanza dalla storia anche se amette che ci sia qualche verità. Senz'altro una storia curiosa anche per i vari racconti a susseguire la leggenda.
Molti conoscono la mia storia, e sono a conoscenza della mia rilutanza verso la religione ma attraverso la fotografia cerco di approfondire il mio disaggio sul tema, faccendo ricerche e ponendomi delle domande alla ricerca della verità, la mia verità.


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