Eleonora Agostini

Childhood, 2018

Gelatin Silver Hand Print

52 x 66 cm

Edition of 5 + 2 APs, number 1 of 5

Landscape photography takes on a new form in this work by Eleonora Agostini. She transforms the garden into a place embedded with memory and nostalgia. On closer inspection, the patches on the ground are all folded up pieces of clothing. Each one represents a moment of the artist’s childhood. Therefore, her placement of the clothing on the ground becomes something else. It becomes a performative action. Similarly, while representing the passing of time, the clothing also becomes an emblem of family history. Agostini re-presents the objects that are usually contained within a room. At the same time, she forces the viewer to consider them in a different way. This action is repeated in other photographs from the ‘A Blurry Aftertaste’ series, such as ‘Relaxation Island‘.

Agostini is driven in her work by her interest in the reconsideration and redefinition of the every-day. She reexaminesthe overlooked and the unexceptional. This work typifies that approach.

The photograph also stands as a celebration of family history. In other words, each object has its associated memory. Each memory is ones that is cherished and savoured.

Works from this series have been exhibited at the South London Gallery and are in the Government Art Collection.