arlo Valsecchi (Brescia 1965), one of Italy’s leading photographers, has designed this series as “a sort of Land Art”: the photographs themselves are the arrival point of an intense activity of research and analysis into the signs, traces and minimal movements generated by the passage of men and animals in a vast open space.
In San Luis, we see ploughed fields and open spaces never touched by human hand; straight roads and long irrigation channels. In all these cases, Valsecchi shows his aim of investigating the relationship between mental space and physical space. This is a central theme in the artist’s work, including in works that present industrial and architectural or urban scenarios.
In the case of San Luis, the relationship between that which exists and what is known with respect to reality become extremely complex: indeed, the type of extension to which these images refer is almost impossible to decode for a Westerner.
For example, in the monumental “# 0507 San Luis” (2007), 1.5 metres broad and 16.5 metres long, a boundless landscape is surmounted by a blue strip. For a European, a vision of this type suggests the distant sea. But at San Luis, the sea is so far away as to be radically absent. The blue is actually an optical effect generated by other lands on the horizon that the eye cannot resolve.
Look at the videofocus on Undo.Net
Look at the set of images of the exhibition on flickr
Curated by Gabriella Belli