Biography and Reviews
Selenia Morgillo was born in 1986 and she lives in Rome (Italy). She met "photography world" when she was 15 years old when she received a CANON PRIMA ZOOM 70 F. Since that moment, Selenia merged her love for photography to another great passion: traveling around the world looking for inspiration.
In 2008, she got graduated at University "Suor Orsola Benincasa" in Naples (Italy) in "Conservazione dei Beni Culturali indirizzo storico-artistico" with a degree thesis in "Methodology and elements of history of art criticism" entitled :"Mimmo Jodice and Neapolitan painting: traces of a dialogue".
Although the XXI century represent the beginning of a new epoch severely directed towards the use of digital photography, the curiosity about ancient world, the charm of analog photography and darkrooms, Selenia decided to follow a workshop for restoration of photography materials to be in touch with "old-style" photo-cameras.
On October the 4th in 2008, Selenia showed her works for the first time in public into hypogeum at SS. Annunziata church, in Naples (Italy).
On November 2010, she got an Art History Master's degree, with a thesis
"Parmigianino e gli affreschi di Fontanellato".
On November 2011, she got a Masters Degree in “Culture mediation in Museums: evaluation of
experimental didactic aspects.
Since three years, she has been working in one of the most interesting and biggest museum of the world, and the daily reality of the Museums allous her to elaborate new projects.
Marble that looks like flesh…
Sometimes an objective can highlight more than you think you can see throughout your own eyes; sometimes an objective can reveal the soul of what you think you can know on your own.
A different point of view is what these pictures give the observer, or better, several unusual points of you, showing details which normally get lost in the overwhelming sensation we get from marble sculptures. And through the lens, they come alive: you feel you could touch those soft bodies caressed by subtle clothes, you feel you could hear them shouting and crying and laughing, you feel you could smell their sweat, you feel you could see those characters on a stage, playing each one their role, like in a gallery of feelings.
There you could meet desperation in a stuck look, pride in a fierce gesture, suffering in a mouth grin, desire in a hand gripping a hip, love in a hug… in a spiral of physical emotions, discovering sensuality can be even in something that is just apparently cold.
Now and then, when we see ourselves portrayed in a photography, we do not recognize those people, those temporary expressions, those fast gestures, those weird looks, we are not used to.
Photography is a mirror of life, contributing to uncover what is outside and what is inside. Photography is a mirror of art too, contributing to uncover what is outside and what is beyond, focusing on just superficially nonessential details… a curl, a fold, a ribbon, a foot, an imperceptible movement, inside which there is the essence of life, that alternative life depicted with marble.
Elisabetta Scungio, Storica dell'Arte
Contact me: selenia [at] seleniamorgillo [dot] net