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Bard of Baroque

Ferrante Ferranti captures the essence of Baroque art in photographs


The more you travel East the more you are
bound to come upon the West.

- Christopher Columbus

FROM ROME to Portugal to Brazil to Goa, the Baroque was the first art movement to span not only countries but also distant continents. Part of the Counter Reformation in Europe and the Iberian's zest for gold, glory and gospel, Baroque finds depiction in the wonders of Bernini's powerful sculptures and his immense colonnade at St. Peter's Square, imposing palace facades, painted ceilings, crucifixes, demons, piazzas and more. The materials used in Baroque architecture whether marble, stucco or gilded bronze were meant to dazzle. Once viewed in Europe as decadent, the Baroque is seen today as the manifestation of a style that expanded the bounds of reality and engendered a culture of visualisation.

Ferrante Ferranti, a French national of Italian descent, has through his romance with the camera captured the essence of the art. An architect in Paris, he specialised in the study of theatre and scenography of the Baroque period. A professional photographer since 1985, Ferranti developed a passion for the representation of religious art in general and Baroque in particular.

`Baroque Links from India to Brazil' presented by the Alliance Française, Hyderabad in association with Daira Centre for Arts and Culture and the Embassy of France in India is an exhibition of Ferranti's black and white photographs from his early travels in India, the Iberian peninsula and Latin America.

The photographs evoke a common memory linked with a quest for new horizons. In India it is the churches of old Goa that fascinate him. The photographer's eye creates variations based on individual attitudes in front of figures of worship and is a wonderful attempt to capture the lives of those looking for their way in sacred places. These are reflected through the solemn men of Badami, the monument to Henry the navigator at Belem, Portugal, the soulful angels of San Cajetan Church, Goa with their robes illumined by sunlight, and the stairway of the five senses at the Bom Jesus Cathedral, Port Braga, Portugal with its beautiful step imagery filled only by a reverent devotee.


The ruins of the Augustinian monastery with ferns in the crevices, the desolation of the Arpora church and the remains of the Jesuit mission, the nuns contrasted against the rock climbs of Anjum beach and the dream like quality of churches in the mist are a study of light and shadow at different times of the day in the same space.

Three pictures stand out for their stark imagery. The Bom Jesus in Congohas do Campo, Brazil where a boy gleefully flies a kite surrounded by the sombre statues of prophets, the haloed face of Francis Xavier and the veiled Christ of Alcantara. The last has a surreal effect as the veil is embroidered with little doves in flight and the face of Christ is so life like. The simple black-edged frames add to the exquisiteness of the pictures.

Ferranti's work is an extension of himself and an affirmation that there is poetry in light and darkness and an infinite world between.

The photographs are on display from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. till Wednesday at Daira.

DEEPA ALEXANDER

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