I’m currently adjunct lecturer in Visual Communication at Studio Image in the BA art major at Free University of Bozen/Bolzano in Italy. The studio is lead by Eva Leitof (photography and video) and supported by German A. Duarte (media theory). To know more visit: www.instagram.com/studioimage_bz/
Elisa Faletti / Incidents and Situations from Common Life - Chapter II Elisa Faletti turned the viewer into the object of observation. While viewing 2,560 surveillance images of Jerusalem’s Western Wall the visitor was in turn watched by a security camera and displayed on a monitor around the corner. The Western Wall images are rearranged in a seven-volume publication.
Michelangelo Boldrin / Through the Eye: The Aesthetics of ControlWe live in the age of the borders’ triumph. Those lines are drawn and represented by the nation- state as a primordial statement, an ancient feature of our own inner nature. In this scenario, the “illegal” overcoming of a border, is a criminalized violation which represent an unnatural way of being. Is for this reasons that the Fortress Europe have created an efficient “machine of control”, which aims is to monitor and identify who is illegally crossing the border, in order to impose its power on them > Website
Irene Rainer / Shared SpaceA white chalk circle, a human being and a drone are part of the experimental set-up of the project 'Shared Space'. Circling around the human object, the drone produced over two thousand photographs within the space of four minutes and twentynine seconds, before its power supply failed. New Technology becomes a constitutive part of human and part of his being and therefore a question to wonder where the position of humanity can be found.
Giacomo Turra / Eight days to disappearIt took Giacomo Turra eight days to disappear on Instagram after he made his password public. He lost his digital identity but the strangers posting on his account gave him images and texts that he used as a starting point for his contribution to his artist’s book.
Luca Piscopo / Candy OscuroAs the pandemic approached in early 2020, Luca Piscopo was stuck in his childhood home. He was originally set up for a three-day stay, but then had to lockdown at his parents' house in rural Tuscany. The same house he grew up in, the one he was so afraid of, that he loved, that he despised. In the photos and videos, he produced during his stay in and around the house, we saw him slowly transform into Candy Oscuro. He invited his mother to become his photographer in a process that challenged their respective ideas of masculine and feminine identity. By involving her to bring Candy alive and by exploring Luca’s ideas about gender and identity together, they discovered each other in new ways.
Matteo Zoccolo / 24h ExposureFor his 1735-page artist’s book '24h Exposure' Matteo Zoccolo asked strangers on the streets of Bolzano to make him the subject of one of their Instagram stories.
Chiara Martini / SmileThe work explores issues of identity by rendering explicit the violence we subject ourselves to in our everyday life. Do we ever act according to how we really feel? Every social context has a set of rules and expectations we are encouraged to follow, and more often than not we almost unknowingly oblige, reworking ourselves around these requirements.Without even realizing it, we put on a “mask”, playing the role we’re supposed to emulate, and even though deep down everybody knows about it, it has become such a common practice we forget just how odd and violent this phenomenon is.
Irene Chiogna / SimulationThe installation features a looping video showing the destruction of gelatin bunnies by means of different kitchen utensils. Near the computer screen lies a pedestal with a single jelly bunny, accompanied by the tools the visitor has seen in the video. The viewer is confronted with images come reality, and is left with the choice to either remain a witness or reenact the sequence.The work reflects on the effects that the mediation of the violent act has on the act itself. Does violence lose its meaning when it is put in comparison with its representation?
Chiara Cortellini / La guerra in testaThe environment turns into a silent storyteller of its own scars and recreates, from time to time, an atmosphere of brutal violence. La guerra in testa* * recalls some stories of the traces left in soldiers’ minds by the horrific conflicts.Are we sure that this is just an act of reminiscing about the scenery of World War I’s mental aftermaths?Past and present meet. Silence.