IDIOMA 19|20
Project info

MARMO (2019 Project) enters another phase. Since the very first inspiration of taking a virtual tour of marble statues and faces into fields, woods and forests; floral patterns and walls, bothanical gardens, nurseries; inside and outside wondering books and mystical flowering worlds, I knew that the cold white, stark marble would become my canvas for a while on. Now, with this new project: IDIOMA, the marble heads woke up again and are taking a journey around the world, flying above the skyes, surveying and outlining the faces of towns, their changes, their growth, their scars, their "physical trait", their memories and roots.


Covid-19: a worldwide trauma

A Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. It does not discriminate and it is pervasive throughout the world.

Looking at things from a different perspective, we observe scenarios where space, nature and priorities seem to come together in our maps like a huge puzzle, perhaps in the most authentic of forms.

In such a delicate and particular moment this project has naturally developed as a message to convey the concept of immobility that keeps us home and puts a lot of people to the test.

Sofia Bianchini

“…The photos appear to be glimpses into the lives of these characters as they stand frozen in dark scenes, imagining the important events in their lives. The images bring these inanimate stone forms to life. At the same time, the faces look like they are acting in theatrical sets where each character is performing real-life emotions, hopes, fears, and dreams.
The faces are frozen, forced to forever remain in the act of performing. They are disconnected from their surroundings and even from themselves. They have grown apart and are longing for better times. Invoking a spirit of life into the stone, giving the viewer a rare glimpse into surreal environments we would otherwise never be able to see. The faces seem despondent as if they are isolated and detached from their world. They seem to be prisoners, maybe of their own minds…”

---Extract from review on IDIOMA19|20 a project by Sofia Bianchini – Lensculture Portrait Award 2020

The images shot from space are taken from: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Except Wuhan - Astrium Services -