Non-profit project: "VISIONI. Surreal stories."
2014 August, 09
"Il lato in cui ti trovi" (Lit. The side where you are) by Lorenzo Paxia.
Lorenzo Paxia tells us about his work for Visions, the calendar created to raise funds for IOV: "Everything began with the request of producing a shot inspired by surrealism. The first element is the shoe, that thanks to its shape, to the materials used, to the rhinestones and the quality of the leather, made me think of a fairy-like situation." "I didn't want to make it all too explicit – says Lorenzo – so I immediately left out the dance halls and other facilities that are easily recognizable. I wanted to outline the idea of a fairy tale, of the dance of a "static" time, but I didn't want to reveal it directly.
So I looked in Paris, in villas and gardens for something that could suit this idea. Somebody advised me to visit the park Sceaux, that is an hour away from the centre of Paris, and this was a magnificent discovery. In particular, I was struck by the vast loans decorated with trees having a conical shape (I found out that this is the "topiary" art). Immediately, to my mind came the idea of a scene from the movie "Melancholia" by Lars von Trier: at the beginning of this movie there is a similar garden, illuminated in an extraordinary way. I immediately understood that this place was perfect for my case. The idea of the mirror was born from the need to emphasize the surreal part of the situation. I wanted to place the mirror so you can see the two sides of the same landscape: the first one, a circumscribed place, a bit dark, with the lawn around the mirror and the fence that stands beside it and the second, an almost infinite expanse and well-lighted by the sun that is restrained in the first side thanks to the optical effect. I liked the idea that the surreal element was born thanks to a simple and "real" phenomenon and that the digital intrusion into this picture was basically eliminated.
Lorenzo Paxia: starts his carrier in the field of visual arts as a filmmaker in Florence, where he was born and lived before moving to Milan. In Milan, after graduating from the Institute Riccardo Bauer he began working as a photographer in the field of portraiture, fashion and advertising. In 2011 he moves to Paris, maintaining a strong link with Italy. In 2013 he signs with McCann the billposting campaign Amaro Ramazzotti, the phots of which will be also used for a visual installation during the exhibition "The face of the '900" at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.