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Documented during a trip to Rome in 2010, these large-scale photographs by Mike Grill capture a city in motion, where the memory of the ancient city confronts modern society and evolving technologies. The subjects of the photographs were captured spontaneously as they went about their daily lives, depicting the events and personalities of the ordinary world. The gestures of those observed are suggestive of a larger narrative that underlies and informs the moment, presenting sophisticated layers through which each image can be perceived.
Rome presents images reflective of dissonance between the modern and ancient worlds, which gives way to questioning what it is that defines us through time.
Grill works primarily with black-and-white photography, using both digital and traditional photographic processes and printing techniques to document scenes of the vernacular world, of the day to day, and of the people that inhabit it. Grill’s serendipitous imagery has a tendency to recall figurative works and techniques from the traditional cannon, while still remaining firmly embedded in the present day.