Garbatella IMAGES: interview with Angelo Raffaele Turetta

Garbatella IMAGES closes with the third appointment dedicated to the future.

In this last edition the explored theme is the FUTURE in the space of the historical lots of Garbatella.

The exhibition hosted two great artists of international fame, the Belgian Sanne De Wilde and the Roman Angelo Raffaele Turetta, who produced site-specific works using the languages of contemporary visual arts.  

The artists, during the artistic residences and research paths in the neighborhood, have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a reality and in a suggestive and unique urban space, meeting the identities and the different stories of Garbatella.

Garbatella IMAGES is an event designed specifically for dialogue with the city of Rome. The territory explored is the area of historical lots, through the discovery of its urban, social, architectural and historical features through the new languages of contemporary art.

And after exploring MEMORY in the expressions of the past and the present, this third chapter is dedicated to the FUTURE, to the imaginative vision of an ideal city such as the district of Garbatella, to the future conception of a territory yet to be discovered, To the gaze of the new generations who observe it and live with new eyes.

The archive photographic materials will be exposed as cloths stretched to the threads of the drying stands of the historical lots, with an engaging exhibition that has already attributed to the project a strong recognition and great enthusiasm in previous editions. 

All events are public and free. The aim is to make the contemporary visual languages, such as photography and video, the medium on which the proposal is based to tell the story of the neighborhood, as usable, understandable and aggregating as possible.

We had the opportunity to interview one of the artist Angelo Raffaele Turetta.

Here is the exclusive interview:

Q: How did you start taking pictures?

A: I started when I was really young as a hobby, and then I figured out that it could become something more. I studied at the Academy of Fine Arts where I came into contact with the avant-garde theater of the late 70’s beginning 80, the was a very prolific period for me: Then I enter in “Contrasto” and there begins my journey in photojournalism, where I have always tried to maintain a vision but more artistic than documentary. I never believed that a photograph changes the world and in reality I have alway see the artistic aspects more than any other things

Q: Why you chose to be part of this project ?

A: Because I thought it was a nice project, and because Francesco Zizola, the curator of the event, is my friend. For me every novelty is a way to test yourself, you don’t have to lie down in your comfort zone.

Q: In the description of yours works speaks of “complicity of light”, what does it means?

A: Light is a key element in photography, light must be challenged and not with technique but with wonder, chance and error

Q: Can tell us more about your lab “playing with light”?

A: Working with children is always inspiring. At a time when photography is so accessible I think it’s important to have the goal of making culture especially with children, give them the right input

Q: Why your photos are in black and white ?

A: Because I like it, and it’s part of what is my photograph. 

Moreover from a technical point of view allows me to have more control over the light

Q:  Why you have chosen objects as main subjects ?

A: Choosing inanimate architectures and objects as the main subjects allows me to raise in the viewer a question about where you are about what you are looking at In fact inspiration for this project was the ready made by Duchamp 

Q: What your artistic research in the neighborhood consisted of?

A: Walk, walk and search 

Q: How did he express the concept of the future, for you it is the inevitable sum of past memories?

A: Of course is the sum of the part, but the concept of future for this project is something that is not related to the past 

Q: What did you appreciate most of the look of the new generations?

A: The fact that their minds are free from any kind of canon, when you are a photographer for 20 years you inevitably get used to the standards and what strikes me and see how young people without realizing it being without patterns experience in error without realizing it 

Q: How the language of photography is changing?

A: The photography is in a really happy moment and I think that is increasingly moving towards abstraction also thanks to the new technologies an I think that it is really interesting 

Q: At this point in your career as you sees his future?

A: I will continue to experiment, I like to teach but I can’t tell you exactly what I will do

Q: Did you like the site-specific approach?

A: Yes, i found it really interesting and useful especially because at first wasn’t s easy to figure it out what I want to tell about Garbatella

Q: 3 key words to describe your works 

A: Visual destabilization (put in evidence what usually people didn’t see), sabotage of reality (To know how to marvel at what you already know), journey through experimentation 

Q: The photography describes better the desires or the fears?

A: The desires, but are two concept strictly related 

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