Sublime Cities by Mimmo Jodice at the McCord Museum


February 5, 2013 – Until March 10, 2013, Montrealers can view their city in a whole new light thanks to the Sublime Cities exhibition by internationally-renowned Italian photographer, Mimmo Jodice at the McCord Museum.

His first solo exhibition in Canada, Jodice’s Sublime Cities features 53 large-format, black and white photographs that pay homage to some of the world’s greatest cities, including Naples, Moscow and New York and, of course, Montréal. Furthermore, the Museum has produced a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue that includes previously unpublished photos of Montréal and Venice.

Jodice first travelled to Montréal in spring 2012. As always, he took the time to get to know the city before snapping photos of it. The result? Depictions of a city void of life but not lifeless; naked, vulnerable and strong. Images that reveal a timeless and immortal metropolis. A profound and unusual silence enhanced by the Renaissance chiaroscuro technique of playing with light and dark for depth and meaning. According to Jodice, showing a city in complete solitude allows viewers to really see it, if not admire it, as if for the first time.

Born in Naples, Jodice has become a leading figure in Italian photography. He draws inspiration from archaeology, the antique world and remnants of the past and strives to create a sensation of being suspended in time. Light is the basis of his work and nothing is retouched. He focuses on visions of reality, highlighting scenes from outside of everyday life. Jodice’s work can be found in the most prestigious international collections, including that of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal.