di Gian Marco Sanna
Walking along the shores of Lake Bolsena one is made aware of its distinctive and particular ambience. The water with its many colors and sounds, all of which play a crucial part in the natural cycle of the lake, its flora and fauna.
The lake, a fascinating and mysterious place, over which many myths and legends hover.
There are several stories about people going missing on the lake, and never found. The most recent was in 2007, when a man and his young children simply disappeared, and were never found.
Widely held beliefs take us back to the legend of “The Gate of Agar- thi” a mythical place located on Bisentina Island, one of only two islands on the lake. Bisentina is believed to be the point of contact between “terra firma” and its mythical parallel - the legendary inner - earth kingdom of Agarthi - described in the work of the author Willis George Emerson (1856 - 1918).
Emerson’s conceptualization was linked to the theory of “Terra Cava” (Hollow Earth), a very popular subject in the field of esotericism and literature.
Sanna’s worked on the mystery of Bolsena and on its legends, investigating among reality and fantasy. The work is based on the territory of Etruria that could be a point of passage, the “Door, of passage” towards something of indefinite and mysterious.
The Etruscans considered the Bisentina island (situated in the middle of the lake) the spiritual heart of the entire Etruscan nation that guard their secrets.
Gian Marco Sanna (Rome, 1993) started to experiment with photography at the age of 17 thanks to the passion transmitted by his father who gifted him an old Pentax.
From 2012 to 2015 he studied at the Roman School of Photography.
From 2015 he attended the D.O.O.R. Academy, experimenting with new techniques of documentary photography. He took part in workshops with Ricardo Cases, Federico Clavarino, Max Pinckers, Antonio M. Xoubanova.
From 2015 to 2017 he worked at Malagrotta’s area where there is the biggest refuse dump in Europe. In 2016 he found L.I.S.A. collective, where he works at funzines and editing.
In 2017 Urbanautica Institute recently has published the book Malagrotta, launching it in Paris at Mi Galerie. His work has exhibited during the event "Passeggiate Fotografiche Romane - MIBACT" at 001 Gallery.
The project was shown at gallery Lombardi Arte in Siena, Caffeina festival in Viterbo and Officine fotografiche Milano.
Malagrotta wins the Bi Foto Fest prize in Sardinia.
His new project Agarthi was finalist at “Premio Marco Pesaresi 2018”, “Premio Voglino 2018”, “Emerging Talents 2018”, and it has won “Grenze Arsenali Fotografici 2019” in Verona.