Photo exhibition 2023
Thursday, May 18, 2023, 13.00
Sunday, May 21, 2023, 13.00
In German language
Once a year, Switzerland's water reservoirs, which are hidden deep in the earth, are emptied and cleaned. On precisely these days, Silvio Maraini photographed the then empty, abstract and simultaneously sublime-looking rooms.
The photographs are of captivating beauty. Sublime temples, supports like church pillars and an apparently oversized vault. As a viewer, one involuntarily wonders where one can marvel at these «flooded cathedrals». From the outside, their existence is usually only revealed by the entrance door to a shaft. Silvio Maraini stepped through this inconspicuous door and documented "the monuments of civilization": water tanks that are hidden deep in the earth so that we have cool drinking water. However, the most important thing is missing from the pictures, the purpose of these containers – the water is missing. In this way, the photographer opens up a space for us that we would never have been able to see in this way.
Silvio Maraini was born in 1970 and grew up in Baden. He studied geophysics at the ETH Zurich and works alongside his photographic work in the environmental sector. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections, including F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and IWB (Industrielle Werke Basel). He lives in Eastern Switzerland.
|2021||Association les Berges de Vessy, Geneva|
|2019||Albrecht Gallery, Berlin|
|2017||Monika Wertheimer Gallery, Basel|
|2015||Gallery 94, Baden|
|2014||Museum of Design, Zurich; BelleVue, Basel|
|2013||Monika Wertheimer Gallery, Basel|
|2012||EAWAG, Dübendor WerftKeller, Oberrieden|
|2008||Nature Museum Lucerne; photo 08, Zurich|
|2007||art space Baden; Art Gallery Ryf, Zurich|
|2005||Art Gallery Ryf, Lichtensteig|
|2004||Art one gallery, Zurich|
|2003||Photo Gallery 94, Baden; University Hospital Goettingen, Germany|
|2001||Solo exhibition at the 6th conference of the DGPh (Society for Photography), Section Medicine and Science. Munich, Germany)|
|2019||Silvio Maraini: 'Stars – Equine Portraits', foreword by Ingrid Klimke. BENTELI Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7165-1856-4|
|2016||Silvio Maraini: 'Flooded Cathedrals – Underwater Cathedrals'. New, expanded edition, with a foreword by Benedikt Loderer. BENTELI Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7165-1827-4|
|2012||Silvio Maraini: 'Flooded Cathedrals - Underwater Cathedrals', foreword by Benedikt Loderer, BENTELI Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7165-1716-1|