The exhibition entitled “Codex”, mounted in the “Sala del soffitto stellato” of the Archeological Museum, proposes the public a wide selection of the pictures taken by the photographer Antonio Biasucci from Caserta during his research carried out in the Historical Archives of Banco di Napoli from summer to autumn 2015.
It is a series of large-sized black and white photographs, where Biasucci succeeds in transforming the documental objectivity of the voluminous folders stored in the Archives to reveal their evocative and narrative intrinsic force: forty works (110×136), arranged in 4 rows, each of them including 10 pictures, which create a huge polyptych, 14 metres long and more than 6 metres high.
In Latin, at first Codex meant the inner part of the trunk of trees, that is wood, then a small wax writing board and finally a handwritten book made up of several leaves. In their continuous combination and shuffling the codices become for Biasucci manuscripts of a visual alphabet made up of traces that can not be connected with their origins anymore. They are fragments of a lost totality and pieces of an order different from the eternal and unitary vision of the past typical of historicism (Gianluca Riccio, Codex, edited by Contrasto, 2016).
Lit up by a new light and isolated from the space where they are stored, the single volumes change from silent witnesses of an age-old history of memories and private stories evoked by the traces of the bank transactions into sculptural presences with architectural connotations.
The pictures of the voluminous folders, by means of the process of Antonio Biasucci’s visual rewriting, create a new town skyline, giving back the spectator an ancient and ideal town of memory, built and based on the stratification of the stories and identities that passed through it over the centuries. The Archives – as a place of memories and their transmission – and the town – as a public theatre of everyday life – are reconciled in a vision that internally combines the inner dimension of the single identities guarded in the documents of the archives and the general experience of the history which the archives keep and evoke.