Martina della Valle's Framed Memories At Festival Filosofia 2015
31 aug 2015 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Martina della Valle presents her latest project 'Framed Memories' on the occasion of Festival Filosofia 2015 held at Fuorimappa by METRONOM Gallery in Modena.
'Framed Memories' is a photographic project that started in 2009 and is based upon a collection of old family photos found by the artist in a market in Berlin. These pictures, often accompanied by notes and captions, became the starting point for a whole new series, in which the images are almost entirely covered in a black passe-partout with the exception of a small detail. The observer then becomes the one who collects the clues to imagine and recreate the context, the protagonists and the time of the photos. From Berlin and Onomichi (Japan) to Florence, Bangkok and Paris the artist creates a repertoire of images that is also a research on the relationship of different cultures with the past.
"My research is a reflection upon the notion of trace, understood as an imprint left physically or mentally by time and by human action in lived spaces, or on the surface of objects of use."
Through her artistic practice Martina points out the imaginative quality of photography and its ability to eternalise moments, removing it from its contingent circumstances and creating an image that crystallises the paradox of time that never passes.
Martina della Valle (b. 1981) lives and works between Milan, Florence and Berlin. She took her Photography diploma in 2003 at the European Institute of Design (IED), Milan. In 2007 she attended the Fondazione Ratti CSAV (Advanced Course in Visual Arts) in Como and took up a residency offered by the Dena Foundation at the Centre des Recollets in Paris. In 2009 she was invited to the Air Onomichi residence programme in Japan.
'Framed Memories' will run between the 18th of September and the 3rd of October, 2015.
Martina della Valle's work will be also on view at Amsterdam's international photography fair 'Unseen 2015' between the 18th and 20th of September, 2015.
Souvenir du Belvedere, from the series 'Framed Memories' (2009-2014), 30 x 30 cm.
All images courtesy Metronom, Modena.