Photography “An escape that reconciles me”: a chat with Fabiana Squizzato

“An escape that reconciles me”: a chat with Fabiana Squizzato

Tommaso Berra
Fabiana Squizzato |

Fabiana Squizzato is the second protagonist chosen by among the photographers selected for Liquida PhotoFestival, the photographic exhibition scheduled at the ARTiglieria Con/temporary Art Center in Turin from May 5 to 22.
Look Beyond” is the theme of the exhibition, an invitation to observe not only the reality closest to us through photography. We talked about it with Fabiana Squizzato.

Fabiana Squizzato |

1. You are one of the photographers selected for Liquida Exhibition, tell us about the project you will exhibit in Turin.

“Né terra né cielo”, that I will exhibit at Liquida Exhibition, is a small project born in spring 2021, during some cloudy days still marked by the “suspended time” of the pandemic emergency. It is a reflection on all that is, in fact, suspended and indefinite, which is in the middle, neither black nor white. The dress stretched out in the sun and exposed to the breeze, the cornflowers turned to the sky that threatens rain and the ears of corn bent by the wind, the light and fluttering linen: they are all metaphors of the human condition and fragility, as well as the perennial search for meaning, which distinguishes it. “Neither earth nor sky” seemed to me to fit the concept of Look Beyond as an invitation to open our eyes to new worlds and to re-educate our gaze to the multiplicity of viewpoints.

2. Which artists most influence your work?

Mine is a photography of instinct, closely linked to everyday life, perhaps for this reason I find inspiration in the works of Luigi Ghirri, which I deeply love for their being simple and evocative at the same time. I love Ghirri’s subjects of daily life and the delicate stories that I imagine are hidden behind them, I love the colors and the sometimes dusty effect that his photos assume: “Photography is always an exclusion of the rest of the world to show a little piece of it” is Ghirri’s phrase that inspires and guides me in my photographic wanderings. I also greatly admire the work of Letizia Battaglia, Vivian Maier and Sabine Weiss for their all-female look at everyday life and their powerful black and white. On the other hand, I love Irene Ferri for her skillful use of color and for her subjects, especially American ones.

3. How did your first approach to photography come about?

It makes me smile to remember my father taking pictures of me as a child in the garden of our old white house with red balconies. Always wearing the most beautiful clothes and hair combed neatly by him, he demanded that I stay very still and shot, shot, even with a Polaroid, documenting fragments of life that I still see today with tenderness and emotion. Here, this is my first approach to photography, through a passionate father who never stopped taking pictures and collecting old shots, and then reassembling stories and organizing exhibitions, every year in August, for the village festival. I like to think that the perhaps nostalgic flavor of my current photographic gaze finds its roots in this.

4. Have there been any books, films, or experiences that have influenced the way you produce images?

I like, for different reasons, the contemporary Italian cinema of Saverio Costanzo, Alice Rohrwacher, Matteo Garrone, Emma Dante, the French films of Francois Ozon for their aesthetic beauty and sharp humor, the Norwegian production of Joachim Trier for how he explores memory and pain. I read a lot and at this point in my life I prefer American authors such as Kent Haruf and Jasmyn Ward, while still remaining passionate about Eshkol Nevo, a writer of soft voices and poignant stories.

Photography is definitely a key part of your life, what do you do when you’re not taking pictures though?

In reality, I take pictures out of necessity and urgency, in the little free time that I manage to find in an existence full of commitments: in addition to my three children, all boys and full of life, I deal with public relations in a hospital in my city. Photographing is an escape that reconciles me with beauty, after days that are often intense, if not tiring, in contact with pain and difficulty.

Written by Tommaso Berra
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