ITALIAN ARTIST CLAUDIA PETRAROLI GUIDES US INTO A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF FIGURATIVE SPACES FULL OF ABSENCE

In 2014 Claudia Petraroli (Teramo, Italy), after a few years in Rome, where she concurrently studied Art History and took a particular interest in advertising photography, moved to Milan to enroll at the Master in Photography to Brera Fine Arts Academy, which marked the beginning of her artistic research.
She mainly works with archive material, with a deep interest for memory process, inspecting inner meanings with the purpose of creating innovative effects, raised from a sort of temporal suspension.


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Conceived as a sentimental journey into a private archive, Claudia Petraroli’s project Imperfect palindrome allows the viewer to go through some intimate moments of a honeymoon, through a specific other people’s story, which reemerges from the past by means of reworked photographs able to produce new senses, to revisit the story itself.
Each re-elaborated picture creates a completely new space, which prescinds from any temporal concept and reshapes another specific dimension, an emotive one: the dimension of a distance.
The artist makes use uniquely of photographs that depict the woman while she is posing, excludes the male’s figure and duplicates in a specular way the image, creating a new and empty half, which aims to visually represent the feeling of loneliness that could be experienced  in a relationship.
At first sight, those two specular realities seem to communicate, due to their similarity and their proximity, but the truthfulness of the space dimension is soon rejected: the empty one appears suspended, waiting for a missing presence.

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