Hidden ID at Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy

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My first solo exhibition in Italy will open next week at Savignano sul Rubicone. It will be in conjunction with SI Fest Off, a festival of photography in its 26th edition, and is related to this year’s theme of the festival: Dialectic Strategies.

Hidden ID is a series of pinhole images that juxtapose public identity to interior privacy through using the metaphor of the archive as a substitution for the construction of the self. The images are based on a hybrid pinhole capture with in-camera photogram elements. In this series, existing ID photos – pictures of passports, visas, badges, passes and other documents – are rephotographed, as metaphors of an official certification of identity that mark rites of passage of contemporary Western society.  Inside the pinhole camera and embedded in the photographic image are everyday objects commonly found in bedroom drawers and closets: infrastructure of a private construction of a public identity. They serve as filtering baffles for the capture: buttons, thread, broken pantyhose, medicine blisters and similar, inserted in the pihnole camera before the capture.

Through this process, ephemeral utilitarian objects used to give a shape of the public perception of a person that usually remain hidden, become material filters that visualize the life of an identity on a sterile, clean ID.  Photos allow us to see what is normally physically not shown, through the pinhole. The result is meant to hide and confound, but also to reveal and question the process of construction of the self in a society of public surveillance.

The exhibition can be visited at Palazzo Don Baronio in Savignano, during the Festival: September 8-10, from 9am to 7pm. Via Matteotti 30, Savignano sul Rubicone (FC)

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