Text Alessandra Lanza
A compulsive assemblage of nails, metallic runners, insulating tape and velcro, photographs hanging on walls, peeling and overlapping. The walls of Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are covered with images that portray, through a materic and intentionally non-linear approach, Europe and its inhabitants whilst providing food for thought about the contemporary relationship with visual language.
“EU” is an anthological exhibition grouping together several works by Satoshi Fujiwara (Kobe, 1984), which result in a synthesis between the iconographic language typical of the Japanese photographer and the open debate on the daily viewing of images as an alternative to the representation regimes setting the trend for the current “European photographic identity”. Under the curatorship of Luigi Alberto Cippini and with a set-up designed by Armature globale, police uniforms, journalists’ equipment, cross-sections of faces and animals and bodies’ fragments chase each other and fight in a game of disorderly sequences that Fujiwara adopt opting out of a narrative development.
«Today, in the majority of cases, images are viewed on a monitor and are backlit, explains the curator. Lightbox displaying no long makes sense». When photographs enter a physical space, something very different can finally happen. However, Fujiwara’s reflection goes beyond the image: «Contemporary photographic production seems to be regulated by strict resolution, impact and distribution standards» stated Cippini. The technical and aesthetic constraints and norms to comply with in order to be published in magazines and publications are evident. Hence, while going back to ponder on common themes such as Europe, safety and the role of the media, the Japanese photographer makes an attempt at subverting rules with a new emerging language and a non-predictable point of view.