Pietro’s artistic journey unfolds like a fascinating tale, in which narrative, colour and vision merge into a single experience. His work goes beyond the instant captured by the lens and becomes a visual layering that reveals the complexity of Apulian identity. Through his work, Pietro searches for seriality in his subjects, exploring what fascinates him. He shoots for himself, to preserve memories and to explore how in different contexts and moments the perception of a place can change: a unique look at rural Apulia, going beyond postcard images to reveal the true essence of this region. This seriality becomes an integral part of his artistic research, in which he documents daily life, traditions, food and popular culture, in a constant quest to capture the essence of a territory.
Fiele, his latest work, is a compelling immersion into the rites of Holy Week in Apulia. This photographic series, the result of three years of field research, transports us into a world of millenary traditions, symbolism and devotion. A key element of the project are the ‘hooded souls’, the brethren who wear ceremonial robes during the celebration of the ceremonies. These robes, which completely conceal individual identities, allow anyone, from the faithful to the miscreants, to participate in this moment of profound veneration and belonging to the community. The brethren, during this week, exorcise their pain through the continuous repetition of prayers, seeking solace in their devotion. The atmosphere during the rites is almost surreal, where respect and mystery merge into a mystical dimension. The funeral marches and the sound of the Troccola, an ancient musical instrument which is played by the crusader who opens the procession, create a background sound that recalls the pain and torment of the crucifixion. The slow, barefoot walk of the brothers becomes a metaphor for penance and redemption.
Pietro Lonoce (Taranto, *1997) moved to Parma in 2017, where he graduated in Communication and Contemporary Media for the Creative Industries. His work has received several recognitions both at exhibitions and in several magazines, (L’Espresso, Beat to be, Artsted, Nea Magazine, Lateday Magazine, Escape Vision, Broad Magazine, and DoppiaEffe Mag), helping to make his artistic vision known to the public. Currently, he pursues his passion as a freelance photographer and graphic designer.