exhibition | Silvia Camporesi

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planasia

curated by Marinella Paderni

Silvia Camporesi was invited by the ninth Fotografia Europea Festival to reflect upon seeing from the perspective of abandoned and mysterious ‘ghostly places’.

She has always been interested in using photography to reveal the unexpressed aspect of places and things, and to bring to light their most secret essence which lies hidden from the general view. The conceptual underpinning she has chosen for her new photographic study is an investigation of what a place abandoned by man retains of its past and of its history, and the way in which such a repository of time can reveal as much through its present appearance as it can from the marginality of a future often already destined to progressively disappear.

Among the ghostly places Silvia Camporesi has chosen to investigate for this major project, which takes the form of a visual atlas of an Italy unknown even to Italians themselves, the one she has selected for Fotografia Europea 2014 is the Island of Pianosa in the Tuscan archipelago, a sui generis stretch of land whose life is not easy – a place that seems more of a mirage than tangible reality. Nature here is wild, protected and conserved by human neglect, transformed (perhaps for this very reason) into a fortress where the lives of its few inhabitants are bordered by a high-security jail, the sea and a national park.

Silvia Camporesi was the first artist to be given the opportunity to work in Pianosa, and in her tribute to the island a further element enters her gaze, confronting the artist with the challenge of capturing in a vision the mystery of water.

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BIOGRAPHY

Silvia Camporesi was born in Forlì in 1973; she is a Philosophy graduate and lives and works in Forlì. Through the languages of photography and video she constructs narratives that draw inspiration from myth, literature, religions and real life. Her images always verge on the search for the boundary between fiction and reality.

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