LABOTIV is a laboratory of photographic projects initiated by Claire Clelia Baldo and Piero Viti together set up in 2016, both in Venice and Paris. LABOTIV debuts on the international scene of art photography with the project FATICA (2017). This project is the foundation of the artistic and professional collaboration that the two photographers have started in 2016 and responds to the idea of restoring the climate of cultural and social events portraying their actors. To capture the essence of people and places through a photographic mutual work of “reflection" is indicative of the aesthetic research of LABOTIV, aiming to express a creative duality by virtue of personal languages and styles which are already finetuned.
Claire Clelia Baldo’s path is divided between Italy and France. Her first experiences are in Rome. She approached art, architecture and cinema already at a very young age.
In the years of her formative training, Claire Baldo sharpens the need to understand humanity, the value of the dream, what it means to evade intimately from the self, the desire for travelling that later lead her to sojourn for long periods in Africa and Asia. To live split between two worlds always involves a certain grade of instability and a condition of loneliness, which is also inside, in the deeper self.
The artist looks at the reality perceptually, reassembles it sensitively and transcribes it outwardly in image, as if always looking for that ideal moment to stop at least for a little while and recognize who she is and from where.
The early development of compositional language fuelled by visions and insights to depict the reality trying to define her own sense of belonging that always slips away, to store and recall past experiences to recognize them as such, placing them in space and time and then incorporating them in the photographic image, they become signs of Claire Baldo’s urgency: to shape the meaning of her own identity, relying on the systematic but poetic use of the fragment.
The choice of the black and white, glazes and contrasts, the apparent abstraction of forms, the spaces of the female body caught in the vicinity of its essence that seem drawn in graphite or sketched in India ink, reveal a quality of the real returned through an oneiric transmutation process. As for an alchemist, time is always the key factor to this transmutation. The image that emerges from the subconscious is shaped thoroughly by the mind when the waiting is prolonged, allowing the artist to observe it in all its details and structure it scenically to finally give it to the world as a work of art. In the photographic practice of Claire Baldo this process is carried out because of a patient construction of an alphabet made of lines and complex forms long meditated, where symbolist influences of painters and designers such as Odilon Redon, Windsor McCay, Heinrich Kley, but also of poets and film masters such as Jean Cocteau, Orson Welles and Peter Greenaway, transpire.
In 2016 she moved to Venice where she met the photographer Piero Viti with whom she founded LABOTIV.