“Venice, Italy is a haunting, surreal and mysterious place with a storied past. Its seemingly endless maze of passageways and canals have fascinated me since I was a child. And while most people visit Venice and see only its overwhelming beauty, I see a dark and sadder side as well. I see a city clinging to a bygone era and splendor, and I see a Venetian way of life that is rapidly changing while its foundations are eroding. For me the city is also haunted with memories of my childhood and the loss of my father.
I chose Venice because of my long history with the city – one that began when I was four years old in Boston, Massachusetts, and we moved to a replica of a Venetian Palace – the Gardner Museum. We lived in the Director’s apartment above it for most of my childhood and we traveled to Venice often. It is a place my father loved and one night I was shooting there in the fog and I saw a man that looked just like him walking over a bridge and I felt as if I’d seen a ghost. The sadness in this work is the death of my father, who died suddenly when I was 25, and it is also my feelings about the loss of my childhood home, that Venetian Palace, and about the fragility and impermanence of all things.”
— Sarah Hadley
January 3, 2018
January 13-February 10