Gatti di Roma / Cats of Rome



On a visit to Rome, Jankowski was struck by the number of women, hardly in the first flush of youth, strolling through the Eternal City dressed in leopard-print clothing. After taking photographs of several women, the artist juxtaposed these images with pages from Gatti di Roma (Cats of Rome), a common tourist knickknack, unchanged since the 1970s. Viewers will notice, upon close inspection, that subtle formal relationships exist between Jankowski’s photographs and the paired images of cats under the Roman sun, cavorting gracefully in their natural furs. In Rome, the eternal city, eternal cats mingle with prayers for eternal youth.





13 c-prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, each 13 x 18 cm, and 23 calender pages, edition of 5, II