For his first solo exhibition at the Sintitulo gallery, Sebastien Arrighi makes a significant choice of images among his few current series: large and small formats establish in the design of the exhibition route reports of scale in the landscape.
“The landscape is taken as a body that is to disturb, to transform, to reinvent perhaps, at least to test and rediscover. (…) The first direction is given to us first, as a matter of course, is the slow grasping, without spectacle or sensationalism, in an aesthetic of rigor and discretion, of the landscape discovered by the one who frequents it, surveys it, tames it and never ceases to examine it carefully. The one who inhabits it and who builds a knowledge of it in the daily exercise of walking, in the regular practice of attendance.
This gives a precise photograph, long thought, adjusted, which is held by the attention it reveals and asks for. A photograph that never offers us a global point of view, an overview, a collection of characteristics, but which will instead seek to make the element live in its context, the detail in the relationship that inserts it into an indefinite continuity, the play of echoes and similarities that make the world live and replace the idea of its unity. This is where the second direction comes to articulate he first one. It works in a way sideways, through an e and displacement and disjunction. It consists first of all in a kind of disorder, a slight spatial and temporal confusion. What we are given to see is both very precisely located and curiously similar to another place, another space, another way of existing. There is the appearance of witnesses from another time or elsewhere, very perfectly dressed in the clothes of the here and the usual.
This is what gives Sébastien Arrighi’s photographs this dreamy flavour, this little shake of the feeling of reality. (…) What is at stake in the intersection of these two perspectives is a position, the place of the gaze, the choice of a point of view. We’ve always thought of the landscape as what’s standing in front of us, at a distance. Here, the landscape is built in a relationship of belonging or interiority. »
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