GIOVANNI PEPI – Sommerso 2017-08-21T14:18:31+00:00

Project Description

Giovanni Pepi defines himself as a reporter/photographer. As an observer and witness he investigates a reality which has shaped itself out of so many impromptu fragments and finds its compositional equilibrium in his overall vision. Glimpses of nature, shreds of objects, garbage. According to Gestalt theory we tend to recompose all objects in their complete configuration or in some form when the eye spots something missing. The eye bestows completion on the fragment and recomposes its form. It is here that Pepi’s images begin to emerge. He examines the thousands of possible chance compositions with the aim of snatching something fresh from reality “…what I obtain are real images, concrete not abstract, because they are part of a reality that one often sees without looking… ” (G.Pepi).

Pepi training as a journalist and reporter lead him to observe reality attentively, images are real and not abstract, but the reality observed here is scrutinized under a magnifying glass, like a fractal that reveals new details when expanded.

The reality that one often sees without looking… is that of the reporter/photographer, who is invited to actually look at really with another eye. The triptych on show, Senza Titolo (Sommerso), represents Giovanni Pepi area of research. The changing and impromptu compositions of objects, leaves, plants and stalks reflected in pools of water, are motionless in the artist’s photographs in one of the infinite number of possible realities, in a reality where the parts actually find their equilibrium.


Columnist and political essayist, Pepi founded the journal “Controcorrente” and he is coauthor of the book “Pappalardo, un vescovo tra noi” ( Pappalardo, a bishop among us).
He is co-editor-in-chief of Giornale di Sicilia, of Telegiornale di Sicilia, of Radiogiornale di Sicilia and of the online site Pepi is a photographer for passion ( non lo so, boh).  He takes photos when people are unaware of him and when, through a light effect, they change identity and substance.
He likes to look at the projects that most people do not notice. His photographs were exhibited at Loggiato di San Bartolomeo, at Regional Assembly and Bothanical Garden of Palermo. At Vittoriano in Rome and at Antonio Presti’s Atelier d’Arte in Castel di Tusa, and at Fondazione Orestiadi in Gibellina. His photographs were exhibited with those of Melo Minnella, Michele canzoneri and Nino Giaramidaro. One of Pepi’s photographs was chosen to be in backstage of the official poster of classical representations in Siracusa