Description Aragonese Castle (Italian: Castello Aragonese) is a medieval castle located in Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, Italy.The castle which stands on a volcanic rock, is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia, built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC. At the same time, two towers were built to control enemy fleets' movements. The rock was then occupied by Parthenopeans (the ancient inhabitants of Naples). In 326 BC the fortress was captured by Romans, and then again by the Parthenopeans. In 1441 Alfonso V of Aragon connected the rock to the island with a stone bridge instead of the prior wood bridge, and fortified the walls in order to defend the inhabitants against the raids of pirates. Around 1700, about 2000 families lived on the islet, including a Clarisses Convent, the Abbey of Basilians from Greece, the Bishop and the Seminar, the Prince with a military garrison. There were also thirteen churches. In 1912, the Castle was sold to a private owner. Today the castle is the most visited monument of the island.It is accessed through a tunnel with large openings which let the light enter. Along the tunnel there is a small chapel consecrated to Saint John Joseph of the Cross (San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce), the patron saint of the island. A more comfortable access is also possible with a modern lift. After arriving outside, it is possible to visit the Church of the Immacolata and the Cathedral of Assunta. The first was built in 1737 on the location of a smaller chapel dedicated to Saint Francis, and closed after the suppression of Convents in 1806 as well as the Nunnery of Clarisses
Giovanni Chianese Member Since November 2012 Artist Statement Giovanni Chianese is a young photographer that loves travelling. He based in Naples where he was born in 1976. He discovered his love for photography thanks to a young photographer he met on one of his journeys. His desire to learn and improve his photo sensibility led him to take part in several workshops, some of which were held by famous photographers, like Richard Tuschman, Robert Herman and Sylvia Plachy. In October 2016 he was awarded Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Other at International Photography Awards for the winning entry Loneliness. In July 2016 he studied Fashion Photography at London University of Arts - Central Saint Martins. In May 2016 he took part at London Photo Festival. In May 2016 he held a solo exhibition held at Fotografia Europea International Festival Photography - Off Circuit - in Reggio Emilia (Italy). In April 2016 he held a solo exhibition by LO.FT Locali Fotografici Lecce (Italy). In March 2016 was one of the finalists for Slideluck Trieste. In December 2015 he completed the London Tourism Project. In 2015 he was published on C41 - Magazine. In 2015 he was one of the finalists for the International Contemporary Art Prize. After meeting Richard Tuschman, he started working on the Loneliness Project, currently published on Lensculture: one of his shots is among the top-rated section titled 'Visual Storytelling'. In 2014 he took part in a collective exhibition “Contaminazioni (Contamination)” organized in Naples by a local association called “Flegrea Photo Association”.
Richard Tuschman says that “Giovanni Chianese is a passionate and exciting young photographer to watch. With a sensitive eye for styling, lighting, color, and composition, he invests his intriguing and beautifully crafted images with subtle mystery and an emotional charge “.