CONFINE #343 (2017)
Silver gelatin print made by artist on Ilford Fiber Based paper
Signed, titled and dated in pencil at verso, (unframed)
25 x 20 cm (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in)
Provenance: artist’s studio (Padova, Italy)
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The condition of latency that photography inhabits shaped Vittoria Gerardi’s visual research: drawing a line between what is visible and what is invisible to the eyes, escaping any notion of representation of reality given by the negative.
Vittoria found the inspiration for Confine in the desert of Death Valley, in the United States. The elements of light and time that originated this experience are visualised as a selection of photographic fragments of the desert, condensed in the space of a line or other symbolic shapes. The tonalities surrounding those forms are achieved through the alteration of the chemical process, a process which Vittoria is constantly exploring in the darkroom, as she works on the “fragility” of the light-sensitive paper and analyses how the intensity of light gradually affects and changes the pure white into a wide range of browns and greys. The time-matter explored in Confine became a motif and now resonates in her current project about Pompeii in which she evokes the immortality of the city and the subtil equilibrium between what has been discovered and what is still buried. Vittoria Gerardi was born in Venice in 1996. She lives and works in London.