Winterthur - 6 September 2008 - 16 November 2008
Luciano Rigolini - What You See
Anonymous snapshots are ideal projection screens: they stimulate the viewers' imagination and invite us to invent stories. The photographer and artist Luciano Rigolini, who was born in Italian-speaking Switzerland in 1950, demonstrates that such snapshots, when removed from their context, can also convey an entirely different visual experience. Rigolini assembles found objects dug up at flea markets, in second-hand shops, or on the Internet into a new, autonomous work - into a grammar of seeing and perceiving. Rigolini is interested above all in snapshots in which, consciously or unconsciously, form and structure move into the foreground, so that the specific pictorial content becomes secondary. In his cleverly arranged sequences, the photographs can no longer be read merely as reproductions of reality. They turn out to be artifacts that construct reality.
This magical, equally surreal and structural installation of snapshots is juxtaposed with Rigolini's "urban landscapes" of the 1990s. In these unusual cityscapes, he was already radically questioning our conventions of seeing, and they correspond in astonishing ways to the anonymous photographs. In a continuation of its theme, the exhibition What You See is showing for the first time a series of recent "machine photographs": in them Rigolini transforms unassuming technical, functional photographs - again objets trouvés - into large-format tableaus of considerable aesthetic appeal. It is a game that tosses the viewers back and forth between banality and deeper meaning.
In collaboration with the Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano.
With the support of the Friends of the Fotostiftung Schweiz.
"Luciano Rigolini: What You See". Ed. Fotostiftung Schweiz. With a text by Peter Pfrunder. Baden: Lars Müller Publishers