curated by Francesco Zanot
Kenta Cobayashi’s (Kanagawa, Japan, 1992) research is grounded in a conception of photography as a tool that produces unstable and constantly changeable images – the opposite of the fixed and static quality traditionally associated with the medium. Thanks to digital manipulation software, every photographic shot has transformed itself into the basis for the production of a potentially infinite quantity of variations; a process of constant reimagining of reality.
In this exhibition, Cobayashi collects a number of images drawn from different series, retracing the work carried out in the last years on the theme of generations, technology, artificial intelligence, time, science and science fiction. Each displayed photograph is accompanied by a second version of the same image as negative, placed on the ground. In this manner two opposite interpretations of reality, both originating from the same frame, are presented at the same time, creating a distancing effect which dilates perception.
In Cobayashi’s work photography has nothing to do with documenting the truth, but rather is an interference, a link that connects different spaces and times, and a portal (the videogame Portal is an inspiration for the project) for the mind to cross.