Sparks

"What the artist is, is creator of truth, because truth is not to be achieved, formed, or reproduced; it has to be created. There is no other truth than the creation of the New: creativity, emergence" (G. Deleuze)


Just as in crime movies the forensic technicians arrive on the “crime scene”, shut the lights down and enlighten the scene with UV lights to let stains and traces sparkle in the dark, thus letting the latent truth of a certain event emerge for a moment, this series uses a similar concept to explore the relationship between reality and memory, and the potential of artistic representation to blend them in order to create a new “truth” – which actually belongs to the only proper realm of truth we can get close to, the truth of representation through our sensitivity, our conscience, our experience. My photographic journey began, among other reasons, from a sort of need to reconnect with my hometown and the places of my life after a few years away from them. And after exploring them only with an objective and quite aloof approach, I soon realised I needed to incorporate that subjective element in my work. I chose to set these shots in the City Park of Monza both because it is probably the place I have the strongest attachment to, and because artistically nature works particularly fine in terms of universality, recognizability and relatability. But simply going out and portray the places as they appeared would have just brought me back to the start and wouldn’t really have done justice to the theme and to my specific relationship with the places, which is purely intimate and largely based on memory. Hence the use of lights to represent the symbolic “sparks” of subjectivity, the traces of human affection, the residual of life encrusted in places. All shots of this series play with different plans of representation – outside reality and inner self, past and present, tangibility and imagination. And this is what ultimately (hopefully) makes the series relatable to viewers, inviting them to explore this ability of human conscience to see the external reality as a sort of permanent, precious extension of our past and present subjectivity.


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