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Lorenzo Vitturi

Color and magic in a unique limited-edition photobook

Lorenzo Vitturi is an artist with an acute sense of observation and an exuberant inventiveness, making the exploration and transformation of reality the very center of his approach. By way of a process that combines photography, the collection of random objects, and the transformation thereof via the use of pure color, Vitturi succeeds in constructing, almost by chance, imaginative and surreal creations that then become the subjects of his photographs.

But, before we can speak honestly about the work of Lorenzo Vitturi - creator of an extraordinary limited-edition photobook entitled Hoxton, Debris and Pigments #2, of which just 50 copies are available - and of his relationship with the observation and transformation of reality, it is essential that we acknowledge a necessary and lapidary theoretical truth: reality is representation.

This isn’t an abstract or esoteric concept: it’s a fact. Human beings are social and relational animals who construct their reality within a continuously evolving culture, defining the image of themselves and of the world in which they live through experience. And experience is never objective, but always an interpretation, filtered by way of our perceptive skills and limited cognitive re-processing abilities. Reality and representation are therefore not two opposites, but are actually practically the same thing, even more so when the contemporary world in which we live, made up of fleeting virtual relationships and social requirements based on pure appearance, exacerbates this ambiguity even further.

It’s a matter of society, psychology, and philosophy rather than art, yet art has always been the space in which the hypothetical separation between reality and representation can never really exist without destroying the very being thereof.

“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”
wrote Magritte. It’s not a pipe because you can’t smoke it, it’s not an apple because you can't eat it.

It’s paint on canvas, it isn’t reality, just as reality isn’t reality, but the result of electrical impulses created by the cones and rods contained within our eyes, reprocessed by the neurones in our cerebral cortex. So, what’s the solution? The solution, as Marcel Duchamp once said, doesn't exist, because the problem simply doesn’t exist. We merely need to stoically pause our judgment and take pleasure in accepting the impossible nature of imprisoning an apparent reality within rigid categories. Lorenzo Vitturo learned and understood this lesson, and above all translated it into images, the non-verbal language that the rational human being fears the most, because it’s neither linear nor controllable like the alphabet.

In the face of this awareness that reality doesn’t exist, because everything is merely a representation, it no longer makes any sense to respect the rules of plausibility nor overturn them by disengaging from them, but to observe the reality that surrounds them, constructed from colors, nature, cultures, sounds and smells, and to reconstruct it with new shapes and pigments. And we should then take this idea of representation as far as we desire, with a vision that is surreal, playful, ironic, or whatever it is that the right side of our brain tell us, the side that doesn’t speak our language but that has so, so many things to say.

Lorenzo Vitturi

Hoxton, Debris and Pigments #2

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