Women in Bali is a photography project, between art and reportage, a journey of images in the heart of Bali and a tribute to the energy of all the women who live there. Bruna Rotunno tells the female universe and the creative power of nature, the island where the water is still revered as a sacred source of life. In the artist’s shots, women move with grace and strength: they dance, work, live and smile between rocky appearances and landscapes in motion, in the expanded dimensions of spirituality.
In recent years, Bali has attracted Indonesian and foreign women who have sensed the powerful energy of the place to its fullest. The result is a vast community of women, who has done good to the island, portrayed with intensity by Bruna Rotunno, : these women, striked by the essence of a timeless dimension and by the spiritual power of nature, live under the sign of integration , gratitude and respect.
Bruna Rotunno shows the flow of the feminine side of life in Bali. Her work comes from a great attraction for the island, visited for the first time 20 years ago. Thanks to a project that has engaged her for 8 years, Bruna Rotunno has built a story in pictures where every gesture, and every character, punctually translates the essence of a unique place, characterized by a fluid and harmonious energy. Starting from Balinese mythology, based on the worship of water - the Holy Water, the Great Mother, the symbol of creation and purification - the photographer reveals to the viewer the feminine side of the island. The sacred, the ritual, the creativity, the art, the music and the dance are told here through the daily actions of Balinese women, as emanations of spiritual power that drives the island’s energy.
Every woman Bruna Rotunno met and involved in her story has left something: her image, her words, her thoughts, her stories and her poems. Bruna wanted to give voice to women. Her photographic works are characterized by a very personal use of the light that entering into a visual dialogue with the natural elements, in particular with water as the primary element, and the female figures that follow one another in a succession of colors and movements. Water is an image ritual that cleanses, flows and wraps; a dense presence of spirituality from the first shot to the last, that unfolds in cadences and ancestral meanings to reach the pinnacle in being feminine celebration of a girl who is lulled by the water and rain.