People Do Water, 2013
Lambda print on photographic paper
35 x 60cm
Italian artist Benedetta Panisson explores the relationship between sea and land in her photograph ‘People do water’ (2013-2019), depicted through black and white seascapes. However, the series eventually becomes a photographic archive portraying captured moments and interactions between people and water. In addition to this, Panisson focuses on the term ‘Hydrophilia’. This is a term that indicates the properties of an element, whilst also meaning ‘a sensual pleasure produced by physical contact with water’. Hence, in doing so, she re-interprets people’s physical union with the sea, in an attempt to displace the spatial ‘margins’ surrounding the body.
Usually, Panisson works with photography, video installation, live performance and drawing. Importantly, as part of her research, she dedicates her practice to exploring the aesthetics of sexuality. Ultimately, Panisson’s black and white seascapes are the result of meticulous processes. In the same way, she works to depict the union between photography and the aesthetics of sexuality. In particular, she concentrates her research on the sea as a ‘sexual metaphor’.
Notably, her awards include – the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti International Award, Venice; International Prize For Performance, at the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, in collaboration with Marina Abramovic.
Also, exhibitions include – TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tenerife; ‘Structure of Revenge’ Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens; ‘Contingent Movements Archive’ in the Maldives Pavillion, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013.