Alessandro D'Aquila


The communication today does not give time and space to interpretation. For this reason I make synthetic landscapes and portraits, reduced to mere colours as it was described to a blind person. In this way, putting them on the same level, there is a kind of equality between those who have a sense and who’s not. I also try to provoke in the viewer a sense of loss, using Italian language but written in braille, incomprehensible for most sighted people, but paradoxically visually striking. Braille becomes a cryptic decoration of great visual impact, regardless of its decipherability. 

Polaroid Sintetiche mark the evolution of my research. I fix the reality with my Polaroid Supercolor 635CL and then I use oil paints or acrylics on them, trying to minimize the details. We don’t need High Definition because we are able to fill the pictures with what we want, thanks to our imagination. Braille becomes a simple “travel memo”, something more (or less) to figure out where we are. Intuition, imagination and desire can fill our photos without any explanation. Photography is the tool to rebuild memory, to bring to mind a thought or something dear to us. It can represent a darling place, a loved person, a friend passed away. With a photo we stop a memory, not clear, but dissolved in time and space.

With Polaroid Sintetiche I want to finish what our mind plays continuously: fading memories by making people and places similar to each other, with confused details. The viewer have to rebuild his memory in a place that, without details, is the place of everyone. 

I would like to make visual art not suitable for those who see but to the beholder.

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