“DISSIMULAZIONI” (2006)

PVC print

9 photos cm 25 x 25

In the work Dissimulations, Laura Ambrosi investigates the question of perception of self, of the body, understood as an emotional response of our feelings, allowing opening towards others, towards a completely female idea of communication, of relations and sharing between different ethnic groups and across generations.
It was Robert Mapplethorpe who said “My truth is always subjective. I do not want to demonstrate or prove anything. Through photography I am trying simply to understand myself. It is a continuous process of self-analysis, a search.” And it is in fact the face of Alistair Butler, Mapplethorpe’s photographic model, that constitutes the leitmotif of Laura Ambrosi’s installation. Women of different ages and ethnos, in fact, cover their faces with their hands as in Mapplethorpe’s portrait, a gesture that appears in all Ambrosi’s photos and emerges on the faces of the subjects she confronted. Covering one’s face with one’s hands can be synonymous with masking; it can be holding back tears and even desperation, a gesture the artist has chosen as a metaphor for the veil of her protagonists’ thoughts. Each of the figures involved in Laura Ambrosi’s relational project was asked to visualize, while she was photographing them, an emotion, a feeling, something to treasure for themselves. A child’s purity and carefreeness, a girl’s hopefulness, an artist’s creativity, suffering in illness, the complicity of friendship and expecting motherhood are but a few of the moods captured and conserved in the thoughts of the women portrayed; emotions that not even their eyes, mirror of the soul, manage to transfer. (Claudio Cravero)