*Tribute to Luigi Ghirri: Christian Martinelli’s project seems to be one of those sound utopias art has lived on from time immemorial.Being able to capture, to seize also for a short time only, the evanescence and the transitoriness of these light inhabitants of our heaven, may seem  an impossible  enterprise. But it  must be like this, because  numerous artists have  tried to grasp through art and observation the secret of clouds, their soul made of water, heaven and wonder.That ‘s the reason why Martinelli has travelled  around the world, covered thousands of kilometres in search of places in which clouds become part of the landscape. But at the end of this long search his discovery consists in showing that the exotic aspect of geography keeps up with the observation of what we have in front of us. At the end it is true that there are latitudes which impress clouds different visions, fascinating singularities, but it’s  also  true that  if you stay still  and raise your eyes up to the sky,  you can also  find incredible and extraordinary things  just where you  are. How  many clouds  are we able to see from our usual  standing, out of the window of our house? At the end observing them is like a zen training which forces us to meditation, to consider the absence of time. Martinelli has realized a metaphysical reportage,  where time is practically absent because the space seems to renounce to be a sure reference point.John Ruskin wrote that  painting clouds is really difficult, generally artists either represented them in a toohard way, transforming them into stones, or they painted them like thin brush-strokes as if they were gustsof fog. John Constable, some time before his landsman Ruskin, dedicated endless studies and paintings tothese aerial elements of nature.Through his fotography Christian Martinelli was able to search for the magic and the mistery  of these simple  elements of nature,  that mankind will  never be able to domesticate  and transform into uselessness. He gave duration and luminosity to the most changing, simple and fragile elements of the universe.Valerio Dehó

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