Exhibition: Alessandra Piolotto – Happy Hour in A major
June 6 @ 18:30 - July 15 @ 19:00
Happy Hour in A major
Opening on Tuesday, June 6 from 6.30 pm
through July 15
Photography is for me a place of visual and semantic experimentation; it creates connections to other languages, amplifying the possible translations of the perceptible and becoming a bridge to other artistic expressions such as textile, writing, sculpture and sound.
What changes over time is not the act of seeing, but the experience of it.
– A. Piolotto
Alessandra Piolotto is an explorer of anonymous photographs.
The focus of her investigations is always an image, the author of which is unknown, as is its context and origin. Piolotto has developed, through an intense exercise of attention, a method for navigating the image, inhabiting it. The practice is slow and precise: she follows clues and collects evidence, from the simple and precious — an inscription on the back, say (a dedication, or the name of a place) — to the microscopic, inaccessible to the untrained eye.
One fragment of reality refers to another and yet another, as in concentric circles: the world of the artist mingles with the universe of the image; hints and inquiries interweave with her own speculations. The resulting work is a new, unexpected reading.
The process renews with each photograph, generating a different work every time, as Piolotto experiments with various materials, collaborates with other artists, and delves into new territories.
The consitent thread is narrative: we could say that the anonymous image and its story are the basic elements, which Piolotto classifies and archives, as any researcher would do.
One of these explorations will be on view at Micamera.
It begins with photograph depicting a girl seated on the floor, about to listen to a cassette tape. There is a story here, obviously; the version we present at Micamera features a soundtrack created in collaboration with artist Gea Brown, and a series of sculptures and artifacts to be discovered around the gallery.
It is a hybrid, three-dimensional, narrative montage that renders the space Alessandra Piolotto constructs and inhabits. From one image, a new world.
Alessandra Piolotto’s explorations are also on display at the Cinema Beltrade in Milan.