SLIGHTLY MODIFIED LOOKING GLASSES
A selection of multimedia projects curated by Veronica Citi Libera Accademia di Belle Arti (LABA), Florence.
Most of the ten selected works included in this project have been prepared by LABA students from the Photography and Graphic Design & Multimedia departments for their dissertation. Three of them obtained a prize or nomination within a contest run by the academy. They are all multimedia visual art works (short movies, video loop or slide shows) exploring themes such as identity and frailty of the self as related to the world. Within these works the camera, or the viewer’s eye, sets on reality with the eagerness of a mirror questioning ourselves, the landscape, the present, and the future. Reflections on aspects of life or reality are taken as a starting point, which is then changed, processed, transformed into narrative. Although theme and narrative experimenting prevails, in some works a guiding thread to cinematography can be found, for instance in Martina Salvo’s Jiri (a tribute to independent filmmaker Maya Deren), whereby the artist analyses the double and identity as themes. These are at the heart of UNUM La donna del ritratto by Luca Maxia, although interpreted with a style which tends to noir. Jacopo Bellomo’s Tuscany, My Way Home Is through You is instead a project showing someone trying to ‘find their way home’, their identity through the land they belong to, Tuscany. Its landscape is explored and shaped through wise editing. Michele Arrabito’s LAIC is a project conceived for an installation with loop projection of ‘moving images’, which appear to breathe and look at the viewer as portraits of new generations showing their addiction to social networks. Leonardo Taddei’s ARSO consists of photographic images rather than video. His remarkable project, however, sets the rhythm of multimedia narrative of memory and disgregation. Anonymous identities fall apart, showing their earthly frailty and arousing philosophical reflection on mankind, time, and death.
Exploring those themes also is Silvia Montevecchi with her Jisei No Ku. Drawing inspiration from Japanese poems written as the last farewell, she has reinterpreted that feeling through photography by creating a fantasy world beyond time and reality. In Ana Maria Ursu’s Gelida, narrative focuses on her own life experience and discloses her inner states through delicate floral metaphors. Costanza by Marta Guidotti, Flussi di incoscienza by Daniele Cecchi, and Anxiety by Manuele Micheloni were made by their authors while attending a digital video course. All of them works focus on identity and frailty as a theme and, in different ways, explore the relationship between human beings and landscape – whether domestic, urban, or sub-urban. Like Narcissus trying to see his reflection, someone stares at themselves in the mirror and sees a slightly distorted image.