Fading Frames (English)

Every day we see and undergo hundreds of images: if on the one hand they contribute to create our collective imagination, on the other one, for the most part, they disappear from our memory a second after we have seen them. 

The use of these images is thus presented as an automatic and irresistible process: we can't resist to not look at them as well as we can't resist to forget them. They appear and at the same time disappear in an irresistible way. 

The choice to use images that represent and testify conflicts, wars and revolts is due precisely to their complexity between the documentary and aesthetic function, that coexists in a photograph in a problematical and overwhelming way. The content, information and intentions they want to communicate come into conflict with the actual reception mode. 

This study, started with the intention of proposing a visual representation of this process, is a research about the relationship between us, the images and our memory, and how the visual grammar and technical characteristics of the photographic medium determine our perception: how photographs work and can tell something, in what way they are related to a conveyed information and how they are actually elaborated by us. But irresistible is also something inherent to the photographic process itself: the light, to which the latent image can not resist, creates and destroys a photograph, imprinting and darken it, precisely for its inevitable and unstoppable development. 

The images have been printed using a lightsensitive ink on a Moleskine paper, without being fixed chemically, choosing and using the photographs that recall and remember those instantly recognizable visual clichés. With time, the light advances the blackening process, bringing the photographs slowly to disappear and become indistinguishable stains. 

The details and the information thus end up hiding in ink, turning images into aesthetic objects decontextualized from their original function, destined to disappear over time, or rather to blacken.

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