IN EXTREMIS (bodies with no regret)
“My photographs are “short stories” about a falling-down world. Each shot tells about worn-out characters who, in a sudden black-out of mind and body, crash with no attempt to save themselves. They are unable to, because of the fatigue of the everyday representation of living, oppressed by appearance instead of simply existing.”
Sandro Giordano is an Italian photographic artist. Since October 2013, Sandro has been entirely devoted to the photographic project IN EXTREMIS (bodies with no regret). He tells the story of a world that is slowly falling through the lives of ordinary people overwhelmed by their own obsessions and possessions.
We live in a distorted world of plastic surgery, which perpetuates stereotyped images that feed a preset marketing model. Sandro believes that perfection is imperfection. It is in strong contrasts, frailty, and humanity that makes each individual different from the rest. The artist hides the face of his characters for their BODY to speak for them - this fall is the point of no return. There’s a saying “you must hit rock bottom to start over”. The FALL of his characters is their HITTING ROCK BOTTOM, as they’ve reached their LIMIT beyond which their FALSE SELF cannot go. Each of them saves an object, they hold it in their hand and it symbolizes this falsification. This pretense is represented not only by the objects but also by the clothes, the hairstyles, and the location. It is when everything visible in the picture represents their appearance while the smashed BODY expresses the TRUTH, which has to crash to be told.
Sandro never uses dummies in his shots; only professional actors are able to interpret what isn’t visible with their bodies. The artist wants the invisible to be visible. Since Sandro was a child, he has always loved films by Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy because they made him laugh. In their films we often see terrible things happen to the characters, serious accidents… THE FALL… The instinctive reaction is bewilderment and awkwardness towards the unlucky fate of the character but then that same awkwardness breaks into a liberating laugh. This is the effect the artist wishes to recreate through his photographs: tell tragedy through irony.
“A broken down humanity that I look to with fondness and attachment and from which, I myself, don’t feel excluded from. It is this feeling of empathy that allows me not to judge but to share the stories I tell, in the hopes that, if I manage to get a laugh out of a spectator, this be a favorable auspice, one of believing in a better and more AUTHENTIC future. That laugh, finally, is a REVELATION.”
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