The exhibition "Amos Gitai: Strade | Ways", product of the collaboration between the Israeli artist Amos Gitai, Moshe Tabibnia and Gamm Giunti, will open on December 1st, 2014 at the Sala delle Cariatidi, in Palazzo Reale, the hearth of Milan.
"Strade | Ways" is divided into three sections, consisting of large format photographs, shot during a trip from Istanbul to Baku, projections of his films together with stellar carpets which were rarely publicly displayed before. The main section focuses on Gitai’s current venture, "Carpet", which has yet to be filmed.
Gitai sees a carpet as the concrete result of centuries of tradition and craftsmanship, and also a metaphor for the relationship that has been woven between East and West. Carpets are the best expression of the close ties between human beings and history, their original culture and life in general. This is because, while carpets are practical items that serve useful functions, above all in ancient times, they can also be seen as symbolic objects, capable of carrying the inner world and the remote civilizations that produced them within them.
Following the route Amos Gitai took from Istanbul to Baku to find and photograph locations for his film “Carpet”, Moshe Tabibnia selected some ancient carpets from Anatolia, the Caucasus and Persia to best represent the civilizations that inhabited these centres of textile production.