Personal photographic research
2014 Venice Biennale di Architettura “Fundamentals”, Venezia Pavilion
Photographic research and exhibition of the works of a group of students from the Iuav University of
Venice as part of the “Sonnets in Babylon” exhibition by Daniel Libeskind in the Venice Pavilion at the
Giardini della Biennale between June 2014 and November 2014.
"If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out, and difficult."
The subject matter of this project is to select one of my Sonnets; one that appeals to you personally. Based on this graphic image take many walks in Venice, using it as a kind of metaphysical map. You have to search for the unexpected coincidence of this image with space, event, and the light of the city. Take a series of 21 photographs of this unexpected phenomenon. This is not merely a metaphorical exercise nor an academic search for obvious analogies, but a poetic equivalent of the images you take to the images you selected.
The Sonnets are presented in visual form, analogous to their literary origins. The twenty-one images that you create will be considered a work of Architecture in photographic sonnet form. Please include one short paragraph of writing.
The exhibited images will be selected from the image series, printed on glossy A0 photographic paper, and shown at the Venice Biennale.
I consider your contribution important to the subject matter of Venice, the Soul, Dreams and Reality.
I wish you best of luck and look forward to seeing you in the new future.
Professor Daniel Libeskind
March 10, 2014
My interpretation of the drawing
“AN EXACT SEMITIC DELUSION”
The interpretation of this image, as all the others, is definitely not an immediate task but what I want to emphasize that I understood, is a kind of strange asymmetrical symmetry; as the drawn elements in the image appear symmetrical in shape and equitable spaced from a hypothetical center of the drawing, so the message they send me, is not perfectly symmetrical.
It’s as they would like to enclose something within itself, and as if there was something - a light that comes to you from a distant and unknown central point but always above the horizon, so it should not be an artificial light but natural light. The sun. But it is not immediately clear it could be really the sun, it is in a second floor or, to be more concrete, it is hidden, maybe behind the clouds.
Besides this, in the drawing there is a movement, a movement that could be interpreted as something immediately perceptible, that is, a moving object or something whose movement is known but we can not see it immediately, so I thought about water, but that in wells, as its movement is neither visible nor perceptible immediately.
After this analysis I tried to focus my idea of the photographs on this thought and vision of the drawing.