Luca Capuano, Giuseppe De Mattia and Lorenzo Ferraro
17.03.2013 – 31.03.2013

Opening: March 16 at 18:00
Open Saturday and Sunday (11:00 - 12:30 and 15:30 - 19:30) or by appointment

Galleria Browning is pleased to present the new photography and art exhibition curated by art director Steve Bisson. The exhibition aims to discuss the overproduction - even suffocation - of images in society. What does it mean to be a photographer? The exhibition attempts to answer, without claiming to be exhaustive, by showing three projects, three actions, all Italians: Luca Capuano, Giuseppe De Mattia and Lorenzo Ferraro. The exhibited projects are an opportunity for dialogue, and for a discussion on new directions and procedural alternatives in photography that can change in response to the need to provide new life and possibilities of interpretation.

© Luca Capuano, ‘Spettacoli’

The series Spettacoli by Luca Capuano constitutes a single installation, as an ongoing process, not finished. The author in the wake of Guy Debord searches for traces of “spectacle” in the contemporary world, searching for fragments of real or reproduced images met in his journeys. Scattered and chaotic traces, man-made signs, pieces of land, the interstitial spaces  which provide meaning by working on sense combinations, on construction, on opposites and analogies, on the design of novel shapes where every detail, or any insistence of the gaze, participates in defining semantic foundations.

© Luca Capuano, 'Spettacoli’

Luca Capuano builds visual mosaics, woven and communicating with each other, in which it is not so much the individual work but the emotional flow of the sequence which invites us to participate. All this without ever moving away from the charm of the documentary.What is evident is a continuous movement between modernity and tradition, between technological and poetic, between true and false.

© Giuseppe De Mattia, 'Dust Collector’

The section dedicated to Giuseppe De Mattia investigates three methods that represent time through random stratification of dust and therefore matter that makes up the atmosphere, air, space. These methods are related to photography as scientific system for fixing something on a surface. As seen in the red lacquer on the wooden beam of the seventeenth century which establishes the secular transformation of the path of woodworm.

© Giuseppe De Mattia, 'Dust Constellation’

This is also realized  as  dust spontaneously deposited on waste photographic film, nominated 'Dust Collector’ and  is reclaimed through the use of a film scanner, rather than through the camera. There is also the work 'Dust Constellation’, which reproduces the impression of a night sky and star dust. It is a work in collaboration with the musician Claudio Rocchetti, who gave voice to dust, reproducing the crackling sound of small motes of dust in the grooves of a vinyl record. Another example regards the old cinema hall ‘Strippoli’, in Bari, where the stratification of powder (and time) has changed  its appearance over the years.

© Lorenzo Ferraro, 'Sventranapoli’

The photographs of Lorenzo Ferraro were all taken on film and printed in the darkroom. It is an approach that moves in the shadow of tradition but is revealed only by planned post-production distortions. Taken from the series 'Sventranapoli’ these photos were made by overlapping each other and forming a single sequence as long as the negative film.

© Lorenzo Ferraro, 'Sventranapoli

The author examines this ‘strip’ prints a portion by exposing with the enlarger each part of the negative with different exposure times, and thereby tying them together more evenly. Ferraro also exhibits some works from the series “Rough” including photos, that from the print quality to the “grain” size, appear to be “rough and dirty”. Particularly in the underwater image we can see that the negative film is ruined by sand and salt already present in the camera or on the lens while shooting.

© Galleria Browning