Submission – Single Category by Silvia Crippa
Thank you for taking the time in submitting your work with us. It is more than apparent that you see photography as a constellation of possibilities lead to creative conclusions and challenges. Your work has a high artistic value but also a strong connection to Documentation as an act of preserving facts and memories. In response to your request for feedback, your work can be interpreted in various ways. From my standpoint, I see a particular focus on the very material as a mean of preserving memory. Of course, my interpretation could be completely wrong, but that's the true value of art, to gather different thoughts and ideas around the piece of art, initiating a creative dialogue between the artist, the audience, and the society. A photograph in your hands seems functioning primarily as a document of memory, a memory that is formed and unfolded like a short piece of poetry, materialized on the surface of the paper. Through this short, visual poem, a photograph, the viewer is getting connected with the past, with space, with a society that perhaps no longer exists. Yes, I believe that you are doing something very interesting here, Silvia. It is still raw, but it has great potential to grow and to become a significant and meaningful artwork. I am not quite sure why you selected the single image category to present your work, and I wonder if it was indeed the best option for your art. The strong affiliation among the images is obvious, and their artistic value becomes higher when we perceive them as a single body of work instead of individual, unrelated to each other images. The blending of photography, poetry, and architecture is a highly creative act that cannot be fulfilled properly in a single photograph.
The jury in this category will evaluate each picture separated from the rest of the submission. That's how the single image category works. The jurors have not the privilege I have to see this submission as a whole, so they may lack the opportunity to approach your work in a deeper way. That's why I consider the Series category a much better option, for displaying your work as a body that has started to form, to acquire content, and to challenge the audience to engage with it. I am not asserting that your submission has no chances to go high. Of course, it has. But the presentation of our work is half of the success.
Again, Silvia, you are a talented photographer -or to say better, a visual artist- and you have the potential for doing great art. There is no reason to say something about your technique since it is obviously efficient and I am sure that you are well aware of that. What I do want to say is how interesting your background in Literature affects your photography too. I visited your website to learn more about you and I saw that everything you do has this narrative-driven aesthetics that touches my artistic sensibilities in a profound way. Keep on exploring the possibilities of artistic expression, and I am sure that there are many new things for you to discover and share with your audience. My engagement with your work was an exciting and pleasant experience. I am very pleased with what I have seen in this submission, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future. In a world flooded with photographs, it is important to make work that is valuable.
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