Lorenzo Vitturi “Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems” at VIASATERNA, Milan
After the international success gained by the work Dalston Anatomy, VIASATERNA presents the first solo show in Italy by Lorenzo Vitturi (Venice, 1980). The exhibition, curated by Fantom, brings together a series of original works designed especially for the gallery spaces.
“Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems” is a project first begun in 2013, drawing on a host of fragments and debris retrieved from a dump of Dalston: the area of London where the artist lives, subjected to a growing process of gentrification and real estate development, with new luxury buildings and chain stores, inside an area characterised by a strong multicultural presence.
The objects found are just the starting point from which Vitturi’s work develops: once photographed, their images are printed and combined with other elements. The compositions themselves then become the subject of new photographs, staged within actual sets, the colours of which reference those of the real sculptures.
The result is a new series, opening with the last image of Dalston Anatomy, the book published in 2013 by the publishing house Self Publish Be Happy and selected as among the best photo books of the year by the Aperture Foundation, The New York Times and The Guardian.
Moving away somewhat from the vibrant aesthetic of life as described in Dalston Anatomy, the tones of “Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems” are softer, the shapes more abstract, and the only trace that remains of man is that which may be seen on the advertising posters of new estate agents. Just like a painting featuring a smaller version of itself within it, the series “Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems” proceeds through cross references and layers, giving a voice to the chaotic nature of the transformations ushered in by urban redevelopment.
at VIASATERNA, Milan
until 20 May 2016
Lorenzo Vitturi “Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems” installation views at VIASATERNA, Milan, 2016
Courtesy: the artist and VIASATERNA, Milan.