Air Gaps

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Air Gaps

2017 - ongoing

photography on black and white negative film

 

Air Gaps is a visual study of a beautiful small element on the facades of old city houses, the forerunner of the window - the ornamental grille. In the past the grille ensured the cleanliness of the passageway of the air coming from the outside to the inside.

 

In Rome and Florence I discovered a staggering variety of grilles from different historical periods, in different materials, sizes and designs. The massive presence of these already dysfunctional articles of little import is due to the efforts to preserve the authenticity of the city as an open-air museum. Among the numerous frescoes, inscriptions and signs, embedded columns and cornices, there are these iron survivors of historical insignificance. I enjoy finding them surrounded with details from the living urban environment, light reflections and street graffiti.