Gabriele Micalizzi “The Padovan Brothers: Urbis Occultae Exploratoris”
Speleology is the scientific study of caves and other karst features, their structure, physical properties and history. Besides countless hidden natural underground caves, humankind left its trace, to then forget all about it. Milan’s underground, as many other Italian ones, is full of sewage pipes, tunnels, military bases, crypts, churches and loads of forgotten works. Davide and Gianluca Padovan, explorers and speleologists from Milan brought all of this back to light. They’re bound by a strong passion for speleology, which they’ve been practicing with an innovative spin. Instead of looking for mountain caves, they focus on urban ones, giving life to the so called S.C.A.M ( Artificial Cavity Speleology Milan). For the Padovan’s every expedition is like a new adventure to discover hidden places, secret passages and forgotten areas hiding past lives and stories under. As in Indiana Jones their adventures are a mix of passion, research and desire to push themselves to unknown places.
Gabriele Micalizzi is a photojournalist who employs images as his signature for personal long term projects, editorials, features and international news. Gabriele started his career very young and after gaining the Diploma in Fine Arts (ISA) after which, in 2004/05, he began to work with News Press Agency in Milan. In 2006, Gabriele attended the Castello Sforzesco”Milan Fine Arts School and specialized as illustrator. In 2008 Gabriele established Cesuralab under the artistic direction of Alex Majoli. In 2010 he covered the Red Shirts revolution in Bangkok to which followed in 2011 his coverage over the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Gabriele continues his work in the Middle East and the political tensions in Gaza, Istanbul and the economic crisis in Greece. Since 2008 Gabriele is carrying on a documentary project focused on Italy and the decay and identity crisis which contaminate the country.
Gabriele Micalizzi exhibition “The Padovan Brothers: Urbis Occultae Exploratoris” opening at “Meno parkas” gallery (Rotušė sq. 27) September 3, 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition will be on display till September 19.
Open: II – V 12:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; VI 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.