'CONTACT 1984' photo series22. Mar2014
CONTACT is a series of photographs that show the 'background' relation between the human body and a chair. All of us knows that it was very funny when we were children to observe the various traces on our skin left by various chairs, benches or anything that we sat on it. It was fascinating and it was part of our play.
Gabriele Basilico reminds us that the play hae never disappeared from our life. We just forgot it. Or ditched it behind the omnipresent maturity.
Althought these photos are from 30 years ago I think it is worth to be seen from time to time, and of course because of the some of the chairs that appear in the photos.
All photos are polaroids made after the negatives.
The photos were exhibited at the Oliva Arauna gallery on 2009. Below is the text for that exhibition:
"There was 1978 when I had the oportunity to develop this serie thanks to the Culture Council of the Lodi area. The Council invited me to a collective exhibition which title was “ Freedom limits/the object: faced interpretations”. During those years, even when it was at the beginning of mi career as a professional photographer, I had a lot of work. However, it was more managed toward to the trademarks of industrial design than to the architecture magazines.
The opportunity to participate in such cultural and artistic event helped me to take aside the beauty and formality of the still life photographies and to conceived a project more symbolic, ironic and freedom to interpreted the matter.
Thinking through the images about the relationship between the object-chair and the human body ( I also remembered some conversations with Binfaé) it came to my mind the funny and grotesque image that the hard summer chairs left in the naked bodies of the swimmers. It is a real negative “ by contact”. A provisional relief tattoo which is printed on the body aestethicly developing the original surface of the contact.
The idea of revival at the studio this sequence of “marks” putting together chairs and bottoms was very enjoyable for me. To make easier the full view of the work and the trace on the skin I used a very specific ilumination thus as a black and white Polaroid camera, a negatif of a immediate develop with a high quality of softness and clarity" - Gabriele Basilico