People would sit in the waiting room (which I have created to look like one in a medical office), often striking up conversations—a way both of integrating contemporary art into the everyday urban experience and challenging the role of art as an educational tool for cross-cultural dialog and community cultivation. Everyone would fill out a medical/photo history questionnaire and present it when they were called into the office. In New York, quite a few participants thought I was actually a doctor, a holdover from the old clinic where the piece was installed. The Shanghai space was significantly different, more an art gallery/storefront combination. And in China, people were more apt to bring in their pets.
They would make their body part selection. Reasons for their choices varied: they liked/disliked a particular spot; they wanted a representation of a place on their body they couldn’t easily see; a significant other or friends characterized them by a specific feature; a body part reminded them of a family member or sparked a vivid memory.
A digital photo was taken in the studio, immediately printed out in the office, and placed in a plastic badge attached to a lanyard. The image was then worn around the neck like a VIP pass by the photo donor, with the badges creating further conversation among visitors.
Art is a responsability that we should all be aware of. Keeping our eyes open we can perceive that life is a costant becoming, intangible flow of events.
I see photography as a medium that can potentially stop this perceptive flow for a moment..and show us the pure and nude reality .
My photo story talks about the few last people who survived the l 2nd world war ,here, in my home town, l'Ossola,situated in the Alps, a land of farmers, partisans and smugglers, the first Italian Republic to be indipendent from fascism..unfortunatly not many people in this area knows this. In the 50st, with the economic boom and the coming of the new era called "Benessere"( wellness but i prefer to call it "goodhaving")a new spoiled generation litterly erased what there was before :values, pride, solidarity with each other, respect for nature..
My photos are an omage to these people who still live as if the clock has stopped back in the 40ies, working the land, living without wasting anything,.. and it s an invitation to my generation to learn from their strenght and to readapt their lessons to our present world.
two independent photographers from London.
Fallen Empire is a photobook that acts as a critical viewpoint of the
changes the city is undergoing on the eve of the Olympics.
It is a photographic project born from the black heart of London, the heart
that beats under the surface of ultra-productivity and modernity. A story
of opposites and complementaries born from the critical need of showing the
difference between the postcard-image of itself that the Capital proposes
to the world and how it appears from the inside.
During 2011 we documented the redevelopments, the royal parks, the summer
festivals, the public events, the back-alleys. We walked the streets of the
city trying to understand with our own eyes the signs of the change it's
experiencing. Fallen Empire is the result of our research, it presents a
counter-narration of pre-Olympic London through the subjective lens of
analogue photography: it doesn't aim for univocal answers but to open up a
whole spectrum of possible personal thinkings, inside a fragmented present
of rapid change.
The photobook form is then used in a way functional to the content: the
story unwraps itself as a map, in a series of corrispondences and
cross-references, its overall-effect greater than the sum of the parts,
shaping a psychogeography of London, where the city and its dwellers merge