Photography Allison Lisi and the daily ridicule of a generation
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Allison Lisi and the daily ridicule of a generation

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Giorgia Massari
Allison Lisi | Collater.al

Photographer Allison Lisi captures her surroundings-people, places and moments-with a photo-journalistic eye. The photographs she produces are apparently objective and documentary but conceal, behind a fictitious detachment, a strongly subjective and personal point of view. Representative is the project “Zoo,” presented last weekend at Liquida photofestival, in which Allison Lisi seems to wander and float from one room to another of a house populated by people, friends probably or just acquaintances.

Her favorite subjects are in fact ordinary people, her peers, of little common interest, but who for the photographer are representative of a social condition. As is the case in “Zoo,” her scenarios are ephemeral and explanatory of a cold, individualistic society. Each shot has a single subject, alone in its size. All the characters are in the same house but no one is ever together, increasing the sense of loneliness that pervades each shot. However, one shot portrays a dual presence: two naked bodies lie in a bed, one on top of the other. Despite their closeness, the total detachment and lack of love is evident. An intimate act devoid of emotion that makes explicit the condemnation of contemporaneity.
In “Zoo,” Allison Lisi conveys the ridicule of her generation’s everyday life and the sense of inadequacy that weighs inexorably in the air, not making use of explicit content but rather, addressing the shots without drama, but rather with irony and spontaneity.

Allison Lisi | Collater.al
Allison Lisi | Collater.al

Courtesy by Allison Lisi

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Written by Giorgia Massari
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