A show of vibrant colours and multi-ethnic flavors is Dalston Anatomy, solo exhibition of artist Lorenzo Vitturi (Venice, 1980), displayed until October 19th at the Photographers Gallery in London. Lorenzo, who for seven years has been living between London and Milan, here exposes the result of a research conducted during the last two years and born from the close contact with the community of Dalston, East London district in which the artist lives and works in his studio.
To implement its work involving sculpture, photography, scenography and poetry, in a true fusion of the arts, the artist has been daily inspired by Ridley Market, multiethnic market on his doorstep and that, since his transfer to London, he has usually been attending for grocery shopping or simply to find an opportunity to socialize. The relationship established between the artist and the community of Dalston has been a slow but continuous work in progress that led him to become a part of and to represent it, through his work, in its continuous change. Yes, because Dalston, in addition to hosting an eclectic fermentation of ethnic groups, in recent years has become a very culturally active area, from which many artists were attracted and inspired by this proliferation.
The same Lorenzo recounts to has been enchanted by the quantity of products in the market that were initially unknown, but above all from the history and traditions of cultures transplanted since decades in this neighborhood. Exotic fruits, pieces of dangling meat, spices and incenses scents, all of this has affected Vitturi’s search who with camera in hand has recorded every piece directly in the market or reworking it in his studio. Every kind of product, bought or collected at the end of the day, has been installed and reworked in proper sculptures, suspended or seemingly precarious, which then he photographed. In these photographs transpired the scenographic past of Vitturi, who during his training first worked with Tinto Brass and then for Disney.
Entering the exhibition a written carpet captures our attention. It is a poem by Sam Berkson, slam poet to whom Vitturi feels artistically very bound. The poet, through a process very similar to the one of Lorenzo with the materials of the market, collects words and feelings which then combines and revises in poetry: even for those unfamiliar with Dalston and its inhabitants, these are designed to transmit its character. On the carpet a kind of emotional shopping list may be read, a list of products and sensations that come passing across the market. Vitturi himself states that no critical text could better explain the meaning of his work. In addition to the series of photographs taken in the studio we can admire other shot directly in the market and representatives of its inhabitants. Even the layout of the exhibition is a further development of this interesting artistic research; it is shown by the central installation specially made for the occasion and that seems to recreate, through curtains and structures taken from the market, one of the typical stalls involved in the sale.
Vitturi artworks and the current exhibition at the Photographers Gallery, as anticipated by the title, consist in the result of a true anatomical study conducted on the structure, form and tradition of one of the many communities that have settled in London becoming integral part.
1 august – 19 october 2014
16 – 18 Ramillies St