Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Andrea Ferrari

Jul 08, 2017 - Francesca Catastini

I met Andrea Ferrari last May in Reggio Emilia, during Fotografia Europea‘s opening weekend. His work Hidden Paper is part of Les nouveaux encyclopédistes, an exhibition curated by Joan Fontcuberta, unfortunately closing in a few days, so hurry up if you can!

On that occasion we also talked about books and I got his The pictures included in this envelope, published by Kehrer Verlang .

This work is a visual investigation into a series of objects belonging to an unknown Milanese chemist, Giulia C.


Ferrari uses photography as a sort of magnifying glass, to ponder on the very structure of (visual) language. Evidence here stands for something else, there is a surplus in what we see that eludes our perception of it. Borrowing Lacan’s words, the object which is repressed in the symbolic returns in the real.

Looking at books is an haptic experience. Page after page we see the author placing object after object. The act of photographing cannot be neutral in itself. Even when images are apparently so objective and direct, we should not forget that the act of seeing is determined by that of showing. And with Andrea Ferrari the act of showing is profoundly delicate, witty and involved.