Maddalena Arcelloni is known for photographs that are both a testimony and a tale of confinement. In ‘Incredibly Close’ her work is exhibited in Milan from September 23rd to November 20th
Earlier this year, when the lockdown forced the world to click ‘pause’ and isolate, Milan born photographer Maddalena Arcelloni was in Maine, USA, where she had just met a man. Confined in an apartment, the togetherness of the two brought an idea to utilize the art of photography – which Arcelloni works with since 2004 – as a tool to get to know the stranger. The photographs probe the fragments of his skin, imperfections, folds, transmitting the feeling of intimacy from a hyper-realistic perspective.
Through the medium of photography, Arcelloni reaches the base of the body, the essence, and the essential. The photographer gathered the confinement images and unveiled the photographic project ‘Incredibly Close,’ exhibited amid Milan Fashion Week at the Other Size Gallery in Milan. Until November 20th, Arcelloni presents the imagery showing the body of the unknown and inviting the viewer to join the journey of discovery, in a [moment of history] that forbids the novelty of unexplored places. Exhibited in a range of sizes, the format shots and close-ups present the male body, disapproving perfection and advocating the unidealized.
Within the confines of an apartment, photography becomes an urgency and turns to the only person present. This is how ‘Incredibly Close’ was born: from the closeness to a stranger and the flow of time. The project resumes the foundation of relationships with the other, investigating their languages, forms, and feelings in a sensual way […] [paying] attention to the unexplored, of slowness and close perspectives.
Before the confinement, Maddalena Arcelloni’s work focused on fine art, fashion and editorial photography, the individuality of research, and her perspective on the fashion industry, while expressing a contemporary aesthetic. The dissolving of the boundaries between photographic genres and categories, versatility in her narrative ability, and the impact on print and social media underline her depiction of the body and gestures.
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