The Feast

luca spano

2018 - Ongoing

The Feast explores the uncanny imaginary of editorial images from the 50s to the 90s, delving into their embedded biases, colonialism and poetics. The consequent body of work isolates photographs from their given purposes, recombining their language through analog collages.

The visual materials come from publications that were popular for their social engagement, printed expressions of commitment and reliability. The specific sources are "Life Magazine" and the Italian "Tempo'', staples of conscious journalism, but also containers of any sort of advertising content. The pages of these magazines displayed an ensemble of controversial communication, dreams of socially accepted lifestyles, engaged journalism, capitalistic desires infused with a privileged white male gaze.

I grew up with these pictures. I remember going to the barbershop with my father in Italy when I was a kid. While waiting, I was used to leaf through the magazines available on the coffee table. Magazines that had been sitting there for years. I was interested only in looking at the pictures, unconsciously absorbing their cultural codes.

These collages come from that experience. I question the imaginary of my childhood, which is still up and running, reinterpreting the system of information I grew up in. I decontextualize the photographs that populated those magazines, looking for new uncertain territories and their visual poetics. The final outcome uses the polysemic potential of visual communication to create gaps and new interpretations.

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  • Begun in the center
    2018.

  • Letting the wind passing through
    2020.

  • Air can hide
    2018.

  • He came from the sea
    2019.

  • The digger and his head
    2019.

  • Crooked instruction
    2019.

  • It's about what you have around
    2021.

  • Stillness is a movement
    2020.

  • The kiss
    2020.

  • Between the lines
    2019

  • Its a story of long fractions of seconds
    2020.

  • Long time and even longer
    2019.

  • As far as
    2019

  • The vastness was my body, now it is in his eyes
    2019.

  • Finding a way to
    2021.

  • It has always been there
    2020.

  • It is a repeating story
    2021.

  • Pointing there
    2018.


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