curated by Enrico Stefanelli
in cooperation with Ernst Haas Estate
with the support of Leica Galerie Milano

There are the times when we ask ourselves the eternal questions: Why are we here? Where we come from? What is the reason of existence?
In the current era, science, which is at once so highly creative and destructive, instinctively tries to defend ourselves by seeking what is primitive, natural, universal, and absolute. But we feel that at least one ring will remain forever an enigma. The idea of the beginning, of something originating from nothing, of being sprung from non-being, escapes to the human intellect. Science does not reveal to us the mystery of the universe. This question has always been the center of religion and of the highest forms of art and poetry.
The biblical story of creation is well known in the West, but this theme is repeated in many sacred texts, especially the Egyptian, Babylonian, and the Rig Veda of the Hindus. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Genesis opening verse immediately inspires a sense of awe and humility. The same feelings have presided over the birth of this work, a sort of “spiritual ecology” in praise of the earth that man has received in heritage and should passionately defend.

(from a text by Ernst Haas)