Sud: Sicilia Sudtirol - Serie smartphone
di Giorgio Varvaro
South Tyrol and Sicily, two geographic “Souths” at the antipodes which, in this series of images, dialogue. They do so in the intimate search for an elusive answer.
The approach with the South Tyrolean landscape appears to be analogous to the Sicilian one, which is theoretically identified with the concept of "home". The Tyrolean and Sicilian landscapes would therefore reflect a sense of interior dispersion: merging without interruption, they suggest the idea of being able to always find themselves in the same place, regardless of the geographical context.
The images are just an excerpt from a wider and more articulated series in which the artist uses two types of camera and the extremes: a view camera and a common smartphone. The smartphone as become the thing that replaces the personal journal, in that it records one’s search for identity.
The idea of using two different types of camera is an invitation to think carefully on both the appearance and its metaphorical contents, from the opposite ends of space and time. On the one hand, with the view-camera requires you experience the space by spending time there. You have no idea what image it will produce. On the other hand, the smartphone is a somewhat rude object, it does not force you to wait, or remember that you have spent time in that place, rather, we discover many more things than that geographical space a brief moment later, when we scroll through the pictures we have “snapped” in the gallery, perhaps regretting not having lost an extra moment. It is in this sense that the landscape becomes the place of unconscious thought and the photographic medium the thing that testifies to one's spatial presence.
Giorgio Varvaro was born in 1991 in Castelvetrano, Sicily.. He lives and works between Sicily and Emilia Romagna. His first photographic works explore the landscape, evoking the nature of man. He experiments with the use of analogue and digital photographic systems and he is influenced profoundly by photography. He deconstructs the very concept of the term, obtaining the most basic element in nature: light. In his works an intense analysis of light emerges, which in its complexity is placed as a metaphor that refers to something that is no longer descriptive but evocative. A light that seems to explore territories that are no longer unknown, it offers different levels of perception and it opens itself to an emotional dialogue. In 2015 he graduated in New Media and Photography in Florence at Nottingham Trent University (Accademia Italiana Firenze). In 2019 he obtained the "Master of Higher Education on Contemporary Image" at the Fondazione Fotografia Modena.