Dana de Luca
La petite morte
My artistic training started in the “research” theatre, where I spend many years. Photography became my instrument of creative expression since the new millenium. What’s the reason, it’s a fate response. Resident in Madrid for seven years, I worked as independent photographer joining different media, in photojournalism, reportage and portraiture. Back in Italy I decided to restart from theorising taking university courses on philosophy and deepening my photographic research in a wider perspective, more on subjectivity and art.
I would define myself as a rhapsodic photographer, meaning that I do not feel tied to any particular genre of visual language. My images are born from reality, but I have no interest in registering what happens, as instead flowing through the event. Formally I prefer to work on sequences and let them find their own aesthetic canon. My thematic choice rarely is driven by an idea/concept a priori, it’s rather moved by the “Wunsch”, or my subjective desire, unconscious, spontaneous, istinctive and intuitive towards the world out there. From this encounter or collision rise my photography. I look for the amalgam of abstraction and reality, of the specific and ineffable that resonate on an intellectual, emtional and physical level. My gaze is soaked with visual influences that are part of my iconographic heritage, with theatre, poetry and experience, but in primis I would define it as a look disciplined to stay awake.
La petite morte
I started for curiosity. I did what milions of people do everyday in the web. I clicked the most researched word, “sex”, and began to watch amateur porn videos. I have been a voyeur, a spectator in front of my monitor as a stage. Through my camera I observed, operating in the meantime a kind of decontextualization from the porn world in which everything is extremely well focused, vulgarised and objectified with the aim to excite the genital. I was interested in writing a report more abstract, poetic and intimistic, on the flesh and its pleasure and enjoyment, on lonelyness and fragility of bodies nudes and absent, isolated and dematerialized by the pixels and the distance of a monitor screen.
This is a link to Youtube where I uploaded a video/slideshow of the pictures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF8KBrG2amM
Dana de Luca, italian, born in the seventies of last century, Milan resident.
Weekend portfolio selected by David Friend.