Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Moira Ricci

I know what you must be thinking: what is up with these photos? Because I was certainly confused when I first saw them too. Well, they're by Italian artist Moira Ricci, from her photographic series 20.12.53 – 10.08.04, and they all feature images where the subject is Ricci's mother, with Ricci herself shown as a bystander in the pictures. The best part of all of this is that some of the pictures were taken before Ricci was even born - through the magic of digital imaging, Ricci has placed herself in these photographs after the fact. Here's what the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, where these works were exhibited, has to say about them:
Some images in the series are black and white, some coloured by hand and some yellowed by time. We understand from this and numerous other details that the photographs date from different periods, and from their amateurish snapshot aesthetic that they all form part of a family album featuring the same people in different situations and stages in their lives. Another constant presence is the figure of a slim young woman with long black hair, upon whom time seems to leave no trace. Moira Ricci delves into the photographs of the past following the tracks of her mother, whose dates of birth and death provide the series with its title and indicate the time span covered by the images. Digital processing of old family photographs enables the artist to appear beside and observe her mother while remaining an extraneous figure, a sort of ubiquitous ghost hovering on the edges of the images and events.
So now that you know a little bit more about them, don't you think this is a cool concept? A little creepy, sure, but interesting all the same.

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