Venice is the most beautiful and architecturally well preserved city in the world!
However, over the years, more and more full time residents have fled the city – and the shops that catered to them have closed. Now, most of the remaining shops sell masks, costumes, dolls, marionettes, glass trinkets and souvenirs to the thousands of tourists that fill the calles every day. This change has greatly contributed to the surreal quality of Venice – since now, the city seems to exist only as a stage set where no one ventures except tourists.
The exhibition, surReal Venice is a study of these shop windows. The photos, which mix the reflections of the exterior environment with the objects in the windows, become surreal within themselves, and raise the question, “Has the Surreal become the Real in Venice?”
Diane Fasce Meleski is an American artist, decorator and fine art photographer who currently lives in the hills surrounding Genoa, Italy. She was born in New York and received her degree in fine arts from Boston University. Since then, she has spent her artistic career working in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Venice and Genoa. Additional photographs depicting the plight of unrestored statues in Italy may be seen at her web site, Fasce-Meleski.com