Own Narrative: The art of Othello De'Souza-Hartley in the locker room of the Liberi Nantes
31 October 2018
In the heart of Pietralata, the photographs and art of the performer and London-Caribbean photographer Othello De'Souza-Hartley merge with the blue tiles that characterize the changing rooms of the XXV Aprile sports field in Rome, the current home of the Liberi Nantes Association Amateur Sports that brings together refugees and asylum seekers offering them an opportunity for socializing and redemption through sport.
A perfect location for the Othello exhibition, according to its curator Alessandra Migani, in which there is an excellent association between nudity-intimacy-masculinity. " It's a place where players undress and" strip " , just like Own Narrative, Othello's most recent series, and probably even the most intimate, where the artist feels he has reached that moment of life in he needs to tell his story without compromise and decides to do so using a Polaroid camera ", confides Migani.
Six images that make up a series of shots that bring together many of Othello's interests and in which the subject of the photographs is precisely the artist.
Othello De'Souza-Hartley, Own Narrative
"This work represents myself and how I currently feel. After several years of studying the meaning of masculinity and after having been pigeonholed as a homosexual for my nudes, I have come to a moment in my life in which I feel fully realized and very sure of myself. I remember for example when I wanted to be a dancer when I was young but I was worried about what my father might think. In recent years, my goal has been precisely to try to understand what masculinity is currently and how it is perceived by men in a world that is constantly changing and in which, often, their feelings are never shown out of fear."
In fact, Own Narrative is Othello's most personal work in which the influence of society, reading, cinema and painters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio, as the artist explains, played a fundamental role.
"For me art is a lifestyle, a drug, and inaugurate my work for the first time in Italy in these locker rooms is a beautiful experience and very different from the usual ones. I must say that Alessandra was very good at choosing this location where art and sport become two perfect social aggregation vehicles. "
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