“All faces envelop an unknown, unexplored landscape; all landscapes are populated by a loved or dreamed-of face, develop a face to come or already past.”
A Thousand Plateaus Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari
I started focusing on the face and how it has changed trough the eras and how the expression of feelings and the state of mind became the cornerstone of a whole new world: the birth of the portrait occurred together with a new interest for the persona.
And then came the attention to detail, human detail. Lots of painters began to make anatomical studies: verisimilitude became vehicle of discovery. And it is through the discovery that a rebirth could take place: a Rinascimento.
Even my work has been a research, not through books, paintings or films belonging to our life, but through familiar and unknown faces.
In a little homemade studio I first took pictures of my models, trying to avoid false expressions despite the pose, and after, making huge prints of them, I felt free to look at those faces freely, stealing all the time that I needed, portraying them as if they were magnificent landscapes. In that place and from that moment, models in flesh and blood became paper and, finally, through the camera, they took the form of the painting.
And the background is situated into another place, separated from the portrait, because, differently from the Renaissance, we are not allowed to live in a place that reflects our nature; but something natural seems to survive in our eyes.
Realized in 2013 There is more images contained in the book.
Rinascimento is a photobook.
It has been shortlisted at UNSEEN DUMMY AWARD, Amsterdam-2013