Six Characters in Search of a Photograph

Fausta Facciponte

Titled Six Characters In Search of a Photograph, after Luigi Pirandello’s famous play Six Characters In Search of an Author, a play that blurs reality with acting, Fausta Facciponte’s photographic series explores the social constructs of the art world: its players and activities.

Using an absurd collection of decorative household items, Fausta composes each image around a central protagonist: the artist, the curator, the collector, and the muse are arranged in a fictional display. Garish ceramic figurines, other bric-a-brac such as kitsch landscape paintings, cocktail glasses, and ornamental frames are crammed into a careful composition that is set between mirrors. In an iterative process of assembling, dismantling, and layering, the objects are arranged until a harmonious but slightly discordant display is achieved. Fausta uses the technique of focus stacking, in which multiple shots at different focal points are taken and then layered. The viewer’s gaze experiences a similar erratic sensation as the eye becomes lost in the visual complexities.

The photographs shuffle order with chaos, appear both congruous and incongruous, and collide the real with the artificial. In an attempt to define the art world, each photograph becomes a visual euphemism that loses its content in a florid display.

For the opening on May 10, there will be a free shuttle bus from the Gladstone Hotel, leaving at 6pm, returning at 8pm