For you, to remember you often is a sentence that the photographer Claudia Corrent discovered on the back of an old photo, written by a friend of Mirta, one of the women who became a protagonist of this photographic series of about ten images. We take photos to remember, to leave a trace of ourselves, of our present and our past.
Roland Barthes said that we certify our existence thanks to them. What we see in the picture, therefore, must have existed in some form before our eyes. But what if it did not? What if we could use the terrain of the symbolic for creating new stories? This work results from the photographer’s research, through archive images, investigating the meaning of personal and collective identities. The photos tell the photographer’s personal family story, through pictures of her grandmother, mother and aunt, but also the story of Doris and Mirta, unknown women from the 1920s and 1940s. Claudia has brought different stories together by creating new images, deconstructing photos from the past, merging them with modern landscapes and new sceneries, playing with the meaning of memory. «There is a word in Hebrew called Tikkun, which means to repair, go back in time, that is, repair the world from the mistakes made. My work aims at the impossible condition of fixing things, unifying stories, changing the ending».
Claudia Corrent is a freelance photographer and has a degree in philosophy with a thesis on aesthetics on the relationship between philosophy and landscape photography. She has collaborated with La Repubblica, Der Spiegel, Courrier International and Die Zeit. In 2019 she won the first artist of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, the Riaperture prize, the Capalbiofotofestival, and in 2018 she won the “Debut” competition in Vilnius, Lithuania, and was one of the finalists for the Premio Fabbri. Her exhibition activity includes solo and group shows in New York, San Francisco, Vilnius, Milan, Rome, Genoa and Venice. He organises educational workshops at museums and schools (Mart, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo). Her areas of interest are storytelling, mainly linked to anthropological/social issues, like the relationship between man and the environment or families’ memory. LUZ agency represents her.
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