PHROOM / Dialogue - Roberto Caielli & Giacomo Infantino

date » 28-05-2018 17:33

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Roberto Caielli: We have started working together, you as a photographer and I as a printer. We have begun this mutual dialogue which has become more and more a confrontation about themes and contents. In fact printing also for other people and not just for myself gives me the opportunity to look at the photos I print more deeply and in detail. It is impossible for me as a photographer not to enter the themes and the aesthetic values of an image. In the end rereading this dialogue, we met above all on the deep themes of my photos and yours.

Giacomo Infantino: it is true, printing has somehow fuelled a dialogue that has touched very interesting and deep fields, and the common points of a speech have been very stimulating. Your work on the cinema, Film Landscapes is something original which has impressed me also for my way of thinking and seeing. I clearly remember when we first met in a hot August day, when every place was shut by schorching iron bars, while I was desperately looking for several prints for an exhibition at the earliest. It was there that we started working together, and I’m saying this, because I realized that after the usual compliments, you left the role of the printer and we both started a real editing and reflection on the images that I took to your studio.I think that the prerequisite for a fine art printer consists of being able to read an image in its depth. A very rare dualism which lead me to to reflect upon, as I consider both process to be a sort of essential algorithm.

RC: let’s start from these concepts: idea, print and landscape: printing your latest photos I quite had the feeling of an original glance at a landscape , which is instead usual, habitual and I compared it with my glance as a photographer and printer on it. What is your idea of this landscape that we printed together?

GI: that is right, Roberto, I focussed my work on the Lombard province and the places at its borders.
I wanted to talk about those lands at the edge which apparently seemed plunged in an outward limbo, but which on the contrary reveal a lot of contemporary Italy. It is a liquid landscape, to quote Baumann, where the town itself decentralises its focal point to more and more flexible and changeable new landscapes. It widens into the province, expanding and resulting in changes, innovations, opportunities, but also deterioration at the same time. As a result we are being led to a constant change which is actually flattening. As a consequence the landscape is changing, like an inner psychosis between man and and the environment. My landscape loses its identity. It could be everywhere: Nebraska, North Dakota or anywhere , but it is Varese. For these reasons every landscape can be another place. With my photos I am going to communicate my sensation and view of this status quo, apparently under control whose tension, nevertheless, lots of us feel.
A lot of alienated and emotionless characters merge into this landscape. I often play the part of the actor and I feel like I am in a film by Antonioni, whenever I shoot. At the same time I see my photos printed throughout your interpretation. We chose matt cotton paper which conveyed smoothness to the tones, in order to objectify the underlying idea. It gave concrete form to an idea and an image. It gave back its function. Hence the dialogue with your work on the cinema and video arises.

RC: Film landscapes are very simply the photo of a film. I consider the film literally a landscape that has a spacial dimension ( the monitor, the movie screen) and the duration.
At the beginning I tried to photograph the whole film, from its beginning to the end with one shot at a very long exposure. Then I started working on fragments, on video art, on amateur videos and on short self made videos. Why the film? Because it is a part of my story and my culture more than the places. I grew up by watching Fuori Orario, hosted by Ghezzi on Rai 3 at night. It broadcasted amazing films, pearls of the 1920s, or Tarkovskij’s epigones in Eastern European countries. For me the arrival of the video recorder was something exceptional, It had a key role in my life. I could record and rewatch my favourite film at any time.
This gave the film a nearly superior value, because you were fully involved. The landscape created on television, which you could always reach , where you could always come back if you needed, or wished, was much more interesting than a beautiful real landscape.
Whereas, the use of pinhole was merely a technical requirement , not the only one I made use of, to have the chance of very long exposures.
The meaning of creating a film landscape is also to take possession of a landscape you desire but don’t have. I can photograph Alaska, or Antarctica even if I have never been there. Moreover, the film Landscape gives the film a continuity in addition to its existence while you are watching it. You can hang up the whole Shining in your sitting room, or you can say you have watched porn in a single glance without knowing it. I have hung a classic film with Brigitte Lahaie on my bedroom wall, over the bed and it works very well.
GI: but why would you photograph a film and print it, giving it an its own substance beyond?

RC: Reality is fluctuating, contemporaneity is fluctuating and in some ways the landscape, as well. The photographs of Film Landscapes are for example a timeless landscape, because I can photograph a film from the fifties and it becomes my absolutely contemporary landscape. The film landscape, if you like, is abstract at the same time, but this abstraction is not distortion or pictorial interpretation of reality. It is rather an answer of the subjective look on the landscape. I want my photo to be itself a disturbing landscape that has some relation with unconsciousness, dream, with something secret, interior, silent, unrestrained.
As Sergio Germani, the great film critic wrote about my photos to films, the bodies, hectic and disturbing soul of the film scene, fade away (think of an actress with an overwhelming personality and look) it remains a visual trace determined by what in the film is instead a visual background, less mobile. And this is often the landscape. They are landscapes, like the Amazon River in Aguirre the Wrath of God , or in the case of the latest Film Landscapes, obtained by short videos I made along the Toce river. They are mountains, like in the photo to Johnny Guitar by Nicholas Ray or The Shining by Kubrick, in which Jack Torrence’s family long double steep ascent by car across the mountains highlights the floating and cryptic landscape full of omens.
The meaning of the relation between the film landscape / monitor and the photograph/print is even clearer in the act of extrapolating single frames from a film or a video , manipulating them digitally choosing only a small part of the frame that identifies individual and photographic characters and then print them on fine art paper. In this case printing the manipulated frame acquires, in contrast to film Landscapes, a nearly fetishist value, transforming a static object into something born to be movement.
Then it has come out also for you this idea of a landscape which is mediated by the habit of watching a monitor, a film , the web, an eBook. As you know I am interested in this, because I consider what happens in the monitor a landscape itself. How does it happen in your photos?

GI: for me photography has always been affected by cinema and viceversa. You just have to remember Antonioni films , i.e. Deserto Rosso (1964) a feature film of the utmost importance, which contributed to giving shape to the new Contemporary Italian landscape.
It is about a symptom of alienation and fear of the landscape, which has become difficult to understand and unrecognizable.
Today thanks to new technologies, photography has become a usable means, mainly by a monitor and it has modified our way of living and reading an image completely. Therefore, it is unavoidable for a digital native like me or even more for the new generations to approach to the screen and the film world. We are more and more feeding ourselves on it and are completely absorbed by it.
In my photos there is the function of breaking away from reality and an objective landscape. Hence there is the need to mediate between an often intimate idea and the space of the film in which we project ourselves. For this need, in a lot of cases of the self portrait in which I try to have a less objective and more introspective idea of myself. A liquid landscape without any borders and virgin. This space is in itself the landscape in which we can alter time and the most straightforward dynamics and approaching to it we can dive into what we want it to be.

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Casamatta - Workshop #1 | Ecosistema Olona: Lettura territoriale

date » 23-05-2018 22:31

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Il workshop (Modulo 1 e Modulo 2) si colloca all’interno di un processo di ri-costruzione di senso e rafforzamento della comunità avviato dal centro di volontariato ambientale Casamatta, di proprietà di Legambiente, situato nel suggestivo borgo dei Molini di Gurone a Malnate (Varese).

MODULO 1 | ECOSISTEMA OLONA: lettura territoriale
Urbanistica, Soundscape, Fotografia
15/16/17 Giugno 2018 - Molini di Gurone (Varese)

Questo workshop vuole descrivere il delicato paesaggio della valle del fiume Olona attraverso un’attività di ascolto sensibile e immaginarne uno sviluppo sostenibile in dialogo con gli attori che contribuiscono quotidianamente alla sua costruzione - amministratori, imprese, associazioni e cittadini.
Fin dal Medioevo, l'Olona è punteggiato di numerosi mulini che ne sfruttano l’energia; durante la rivoluzione industriale le piccole manifatture esistenti diventano importanti opifici. Trasformatosi negli anni in uno dei fiumi più inquinati d’Italia, l’Olona rappresenta oggi un retro, una “ferita” per il territorio, ma anche un luogo oggi rinaturalizzato e bonificato, da riscoprire e mettere al centro di nuove relazioni locali.

Chi sono, oggi, gli attori del paesaggio? Come viene percepito il territorio da chi vi abita e lavora? Qual è la nostra relazione con il paesaggio della vita quotidiana?
Tre discipline (Urbanistica, Soundscape, Fotografia) si intrecciano per una lettura complessa di un paesaggio che ha subito notevoli modifiche nel corso degli ultimi 50 anni: creazione della vasca di laminazione, cambiamento dell’alveo del fiume, abbandono della ferrovia, fabbriche e mulini chiusi, realizzazione di nuove infrastrutture.

Il Modulo #1 si propone di creare e consolidare una competenza nella lettura paesaggistica e territoriale attraverso un'analisi multidisciplinare. La lettura territoriale sul campo avverrà attraverso due recettori: Soundscape e Fotografia. Le due discipline interagiranno con l’Urbanistica, per rielaborare in chiave progettuale i dati raccolti.
L'obiettivo è la trasformazione e risignificazione di un luogo definito per anni ‘ecomostro’, partendo anche dal rinnovato interesse verso l’area della valle Olona. L'ottica non è quella di tutela di un paesaggio ormai devastato, ma di ricostruzione di un precario equilibrio.

• Urbanistica
Prof. Arturo Lanzani (Politecnico di Milano)
Cristiana Mattioli (Politecnico di Milano)
• Soundscape
Lucio Visintini
Tutor: Marco Verdi
• Fotografia
Roberto Caielli
Tutor: Giacomo Infantino

Roberto Caielli & Giacomo Infantino / Dallo sguardo alla carta

date » 21-05-2018 14:16

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I fotografi Roberto Caielli, in veste di stampatore fine art, e Giacomo Infantino, dialogano sul percorso di un’idea, dallo sguardo attraverso un vetro fino alla texture di una carta artistica della foto stampata, e sul rapporto umano e tecnico tra fotografo e stampatore, alla base di ogni corretta genesi di un’opera.

Studio Brusa Pasquè / La fotografia d'autore incontra l'architettura

date » 10-05-2018 00:11

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La fotografia d'autore incontra l'architettura

18 Maggio, Via Rainoldi 27, Varese, Piano primo / 10:00 | ORARIO FINE: 19:00

In occasione della giornata Studi Aperti, lo studio Brusa Pasquè di Varese incontra e interagisce con la fotografia d’autore. Il fotografo Roberto Caielli inaugura il suo spazio all’interno dello studio, esponendo due immagini dal progetto “Film landscape”. Con lui dialogano Giuseppe Pagano “Black sun”, Giacomo Infantino “Unreal”, Marco Verdi e Nicola Domaneschi “Flood, medication blues”. Ospite speciale, il fotografo Luca Andreoni espone tre immagini da “The essential beauty”, realizzate al Gallaratese di Aldo Rossi e stampate per l’occasione a pigmenti su carta a mano Tiberi. | Giovedì 17 maggio dalle 18:00 alle 19:00 Luca Andreoni, Elena Brusa Pasqué e Roberto Caielli dialogano su fotografia e architettura, a seguire rinfresco.
Photo courtesy of Luca Andreoni



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