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 “Pompeii”, Vittoria evokes the immortality of the city by dipping a photography of the ruins into a mould of plaster until only the edge of the paper remains visible. Time then reveals as fragmented, reduced to the space of a line and becoming the point zero of any possible reality.
Vittoria Gerardi was born in Venice in 1996. She lives and works in London.
Exhibitions at the gallery
Confine, Arte Fiera, Bologne
Confine, Foire APPROCHE, Paris
Confine, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
L’Altro Sguardo, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Confine America, Leica Gallery, Bologne
Confine, mc2gallery, Milan
Confine, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris
Confine / 7439, Musei Civici, San Donà di Piave
Periscope, mc2gallery, Milan
Homo Pagus Minor, APART spazio critico, Vicenza
Periscope, Palazzo Marliani Cicogna, Busto Arsizio
"Confine" - Photographs by Vittoria Gerardi
Hyakutake Editions, 2016
"Dirt" - Photographs by Vittoria Gerardi and Renato D’Agostin
Hyakutake Editions, 2018