"Young"  Fotomuseum Winterthur


Fabrizio Giannini’s blurred, blue-cast photographs depict a familiar everyday world in which sober high-rise facades, unknown faces and neglected front gardens appear as sings of a contemporary environment. However, we encounter this world not on the streets but by zapping through television programmes. Giannini’s way of recording, isolating and recontextualising the TV images re-opens the discussion about the definition of a reality as a “digitalised simulation of itself” (Baudrillard).

Everyday evens that were once documented by street photography have been replaced by the reality of television, a reality which has achieved an equal status and is often hard to identify.

This is the visual source and foundation stone of Giannini’s ”home made” (TV) photo archives from which he extracts isolated television moments which he records on video and then photographs, thus creating a super ordinate fictitious context through new combinations of unconnected images.

This transformation process and the banalisation  of the image on which it is based gives rise to the reflection about the medium and its reception. The deconstructive procedure, symptomatic of the end of the 20th century, reflects an awareness of the lack of a lost (or non existent) wholeness.

The fragmentary portrayals of single parts of the body and the blurring which negates all informative content evoke a subliminal fin-de-siècle mood.

Fiona Seidler