Stockholm House Of Culture – March, 2016
Olio Su Tavola, Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema – April, 2017
Text from the catalogue:
“I was once divine like you, with a pure soul, strong-willed and filled with curiosity. But my will was rarely taken in consideration – despite my anger, tears and shouts. Instead I was taught what was right and wrong. And just like you, I became a victim of the environment, human like everyone else, in search of my will.”
“…. When I analyse these images captured by his gaze, I read a great will to penetrate the subject beyond the temporary character with which it manifests; there’s a fixed staticity filled with psychological movement, thoughts that trouble these faces called portraits, impressions of an indistinct humanity and it is vain to ask where it comes from. His sight continues to ask for knowledge, as Aristoteles describes in the prologue of his book Metaphysics: “ALL men by nature desire to know, an indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight”. I like to think that Joakim Bernardo has enrolled with those who love knowledge, chasing it with his camera, giving us with his talent images of truth.
“Silence! A truth wanders over me like a cloud, with unforeseen lightning, it strikes me. Upon wide, slow stairs, climbs your luck to me: come, come, beloved Truth! (Frierich Nietzsche, Dithyrambs of Dionysus)”
Paolo Baratella, artist
Lucca, Italien, februari 2016