The swirling emptiness of life, flowing too quickly, suddenly pales before an unexpected event: the wonderful patina of useless necessity loses lustre, the glow fades and the substance remains exposed to the mercy of time: it’s always a matter of time: it will happen. The inevitable moment will come when certainties will disintegrate, without fate being able to whisper some warning: man will remain alone — while everything he considered solid will fall apart – the figure of the father, of the mother, God, Absolutisms, all Absolutisms – nothing else remains.
If not the sense of absence: the past, as he knew it, no longer exists; so is the future: the certain future has crumbled before his eyes, even before happening, together with the self, present, in its entirety, while the fragments lie abandoned staring at the vanity of the void.
He finds himself lost, in a suspended exile.
But it is the end of stability that opens the door to questions.
He doesn’t even know it, but the first choice, the bravest one, is to put an end to the hesitation: what he observes, so unusual and foreign to his own world, of which he violates and contradicts all natural laws, exists.
And, if acceptance is a reaction, here is the principle: it is the beginning of the creation of interweaving storylines that drag you into a land that unravels between narrative strands – closed, open – which lead beyond, which make man other, towards a place outside time and space – Mirabilia – where the known is questioned in favour of the unknown, beyond the threshold of undisputed knowledge, generated by the vital impulse of pure curiosity, in which oblivion is suffused with the ecstasy of the abyss and the gaze, amid deceptions of metamorphosis, it will become new, freer, beyond human, reaching out to touch the nuances of astonishing wonders, and the individual will find himself ready to relive everything, again and again, in the name of a single instant of disarming perfection.
The prints were made by the authors on baryta-based silver gelatin paper, from analogue film. None of the prints were digitally edited.
The authors have been members of the Cultural Association Refoto for some time now and they share the same passion for analog photography. They presented their works in various solo and group exhibitions in several editions of Fotografia Europea and independently.
Refoto is a non-profit cultural association based in Reggio Emilia, founded to spread knowledge of art, above all the photographic art and everything linked to it, with a special gaze at the land, the people, and the events of the Province of Reggio Emilia.
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