Esposiziometro, the project born from the collaboration between Collater.al and Alessio Pomioli continues and is ready to present its second artist.
From April 28 at Eppol Milano will be exposed some shots of the young photographer Giulia Papetti.
Born in 1996, Giulia is originally from the Marche region, but at the age of 19 she moved to Milan to study at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, specializing in graphics and photography. Through the lens of her camera, Giulia analyzes the contemporary society increasingly linked to consumerism, capitalism and tourism and dependent on the digital revolution, which not everyone has yet managed to accept.
To find out more about her and her work, we asked her a few questions.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your story, your background and what led you to dedicate yourself to photography.
I was born and grew up near Porto San Giorgio, a town on the Adriatic coast, in the Marche region. The values and the landscape of this place are really particular. It is at the same time a very beautiful place, but also decadent, one of those typical Italian realities of the province, where everything seems to stand still at least twenty years ago (and I do not exaggerate). This context has been a fundamental part of my training, I feel I owe it a lot, even if in every way I tried to detach myself from it. Here my interest in art developed an interest that then became a need, which led me to move to Milan to attend the Brera Academy, where this year I graduated in Graphics. Photography has always been a means that I have used to document the reality that I see every day, as a sort of visual diary. My approach is very direct, almost documentary, and at the same time a bit ironic and critical. Even the means I use, that is the smartphone or small compact machines, with their immediacy allow me a direct relationship with reality and subjects.
You were born near Porto San Giorgio, in the Marche region, and you moved to Milan to study. How do these two so different places affect your production and the choice of your subjects?
The provincial environment, with its latent values and atavistic conceptions, and the super seductive urban reality of a city like Milan, are part of my visual culture and I am extremely attached to both. They are bombardments of stimuli that then add up in research directed towards a documentation of the contemporary lifestyle, the world of consumerism and tourism. The protagonists of the photographs are the characters of this world, those who are overwhelmed.
In a world where everyone has the opportunity to share their photographs, how is it possible to stand out?
In the ocean of images in which we live in and out of the internet, anyone wants to emerge, precisely because everybody has the opportunity to do so. Not wanting to distinguish at all costs is a way to stand out and not become extinct. A lot of species from the animal world use this tactic. Chameleons for example. They get confused, they camouflage themselves, that’s how they survive.
On April 28th you will be on display for Esposiziometro, what will the spectators who will visit Eppol Milano find?
They will find some tragicomic faces that surround us in the jungle of Milan.