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Samuel Solazzo — Future Remnants of What Has Been

Apr 08, 2021 - Samuel Solazzo

I would like to start my series of Guest Blog entries with an excerpt of a current work titled »Future Remnants of What Has Been«. This work in progress is currently on display as part of the Stopover 20|21 — M.A. Photography Studies exhibition at Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.


Pores in the concrete

Imagine little cracks in the concrete begin to open their pores when we listen to an echo of archeological surfaces. Photosynthetic processes overlap in growing reproductions and create new contexts with hybrid meanings. A single breath by the wind can disrupt the order. What is left is an attempt to collect the porous chain of visual memories.

— Text by Isabelle Castera, Translation by Tania Luz Olivares Achach


Our collective memory is shaped by the way history is documented, preserved, collected, and presented to us in the here and now. Whether it is technical progress, new scientific insights, or changes within our society, all these aspects, and even more, shed new light on our past. These innovations enable us to experience history in new ways. Perhaps is it not only the past that influences our current reality, but also the present and the future, which in turn affect how we encounter the past and our previous experiences.

 

This body of work integrates the trivial through photographic staging and recontextualization into a very specific canon of images. Because of distinct aesthetics, what is shown in the pictures and their display, the photographic material is placed in an archeological and scientific context, mimicking scientific strategies of legitimation without providing any valuable information. A fictitious space of possibility, in which real and unreal objects are blended together and placed within a series of expectations. Visible voids and missing structures are filled and getting reconstructed by our own imagination. This tangible present of absence invites the viewer to contemplate on the past. A juxtaposition of dystopian and archaic tableaus, of historical and fictional elements, transforms the pictures shown into something like a stage set against which archaeological utopias can unfold.

 

»Future Remnants of What Has Been« is composed of photographs, analog paper collages of found book pages, screenshots of 3D models of various archaeological finds and excavation sites, as well as found images from older literature and books.