The Shadow
A juried group international exhibition of contemporary photography
KromArt Gallery
PH21 Gallery
KromArt @Budapest
In collaboration with
PH21 Gallery
Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams
Via Biagio Ballai, 12
00152 Roma
April 5–12, 2022
Selected: The Chemistry of Memory
The Chemistry of Memory, 2021
The Chemistry of Memory, 2021
A KromArt Gallery / Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.

“The shadow gives presence to that which is absent.
The shadow is considered an extension of the object that casts it.
(…) This second I, transparent, is identical to or connected with its soul or vital force.”
​​​​​​​Rudolf Arnheim, Art and Perception

We have a new concept, obscurity isn’t seen as the absence of light, but rather as a positive substance in itself. Photography certifies the presence in the absence. It transforms shadow into a mark, thus giving it duration. Photography lives in the world of the imagination, and positioning itself in the labyrinth of interior depths it thus becomes a poetic dream. It abandons traditional categories of logic because, like the prisoner in Plato’s shadow-world cave, it knows that to achieve its dream of ascension and transcendence it must free itself from “seeing acquired habits and mental approaches as absolutes and definitive.”
Inaugurated in October 2017, KromArt is an independent gallery dedicated to the promotion of international artists and works that stand out for their originality and quality, with an interest not only in photography, but also in all forms of art and in the contamination between genres.
PH21 Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space established in 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. The gallery curates open group and solo exhibitions for contemporary photographers around the world, both emerging and established.
Curator & Juror of Awards
Gabriele Agostini
In 1997, after years of photographic activities, he was among the founders of the Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia in Rome (CSF Adams), where he teaches the Advanced Class and Street Photography course, also lecturing in the master classes of Advertisements and Fashion Design. He is the project creator and artistic director of the cultural exhibition CascinafarsettiArt – photography and more, now KromArt Gallery, and has to his credit curatorship of many photographic shows and events.
In May 2015, he was the Italian curator of Czech Fundamental, the first exhibition of Czech avant-garde photography in Italy. In 2017, he curated two main exhibitions at the Museo In Trastevere di Roma: the photographic show ’77- a story of forty years ago in the works of Tano D’Amico and Pablo Echuarren, and, as the Italian curator, the international photographic project 990 Faces by Hans Christian Raabe. Author of many texts and researches, he has curated authors such as Gaia Adducchio, Eliska Barteck, Luisa Briganti, Jean Marc Caimi, Patrizio Cocco, Linda De Nobili, Nour Shems Melehi, Benedetta Montini, Marika Saonari, Paola Serino and more. He regularly collaborates with Artinbox in Prague, Berlin Photo Edition in Berlin and PH21 Gallery in Budapest.
Luisa Briganti
Luisa Briganti is a professional photographer and director at the Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams in Rome (CSF Adams). Her works have been exhibited all over the world. Some of her most important exhibitions have been: Metropolitan Solo – urban commuters after 9/11, exhibited during the “Italian Cultural Week 2004” in Beijing, China; Places of Memory – a tribute to the life and work of Pierpaolo Pasolini at the International Festival of Photography in Rome, Italy in 2006. Step by two - Clung to one another ecstasy is reached, presented during Prague Photo 2016 edition, Prague, Czech Republic.
Works from Step by two were selected to participate in the group exhibitions Motion at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, in February 2017 and, in April of the same year, Woman's essence at Espace Commines, Paris, France. Also in April, her project Annuska was exhibited during Prague Photo 2017 edition. Since 2008, Luisa is one of the organizers of Cascina Farsetti Art Photography and more, an exceptional kermesse that takes place in Villa Pamphili Park in Rome thanks to the effort of CSF Adams. In 2012, Cascinafarsetti Art linked with the name of KromArt Expo, which debuted in June of the same year in the beautiful setting of the Appia Antica Park in Rome. In 2012/13 she realized, in collaboration with the students of CSF Adams, a photographic installation for the collective art event Rebirth - day by Michelangelo Pistoletto. She promotes since 2017 the photographic culture of talented artists and beginners through group and solo exhibitions in Italy and abroad.