1 - 31 July, 2020
This body of work has been created specifically for the MOCA Web Exhibition Series. MOCA’s invitation to participate came towards the end of my year long HAIKU project, which is heavily based on nature, landscape and the seasons. I had also just started using Instagram and was engaged in devising a way to make its configuration and visual limitations work for my practice. As the Web Exhibitions are presented both on the website and on Instragram I wanted to create a body of work which would work both as individual images but also as a grid.
After a year of focusing on nature I was excited to move on to working with an urban, man built focus and with a degree of abstraction. All the works follow the same self imposed structure. The images are taken from details of manmade structures, weathered and deteriorated, but necessarily with a white background to the left and a black background to the right. For these I have come back to one of my early concerns with the aesthetics of decay and the beauty of the anodyne, the overlooked.
Marisa Culatto - Born Canary Islands, lives and works UK.
Was originally trained in analogue photography, but it was the encounter with digital photography what consolidated her artistic practice as her interest lies in pushing – blurring – the boundaries of photography into the language and practice usually associated with other mediums.
Constraints, domesticity and daily rituals are at the centre of her practice. Culatto is also interested in the notion of reality being a construct, and, therefore, much of her work addresses contradictions, misperceptions and/or a degree of visual ambiguity. And because of her ambivalent relationship with the photographic medium, she is interested in exploring photography itself as subject.
Culatto has exhibited her work mostly in Spain and the UK in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2011 she won the AlNorte Grant within the X National Contemporary Arts Week of Asturias, Spain. She was finalist in the 2015-2016 "Contemporary Talents" competition of the Fondation François Schneider, France, Juror’s Special Commendation of the XXI International Photography Prize Rafael Ramos García, Tenerife, Spain, and in 2017 was finalist of the VIA Arts Prize, London . Recently her work has been acquired by Soho House collection for permanent display.
Untitled 1 - 12
Digital image (for now…), 2020
All images copyright and courtesy of the Artist.
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