Experimental - NOMINEE: Valerio Figuccio
The dystopian nature of things
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„The dystopian nature of things“ emerges from a long journey of 8 months between Australia and Asia during 2017/2018.
In this work I'm particularly interested in recreate an unreal perception of reality through the connection of different elements.
With particular attention to details and contrast between lights and shadows, the images reveal an almost dystopian and surreal vision of the world. Animals, food, urban and natural elements, become part of a dreamlike scenario.
"I love the way an image or a video clip can capture unexpected and sometimes mysterious aspects of things. From the unspoiled nature to the smallest objects of our every daily life, everything can assume a new meaning for the viewer, when images go through the artistic process. This is what drives my inspiration to create."
During his art education the artist had the opportunity to experiment with different art-media. At the "Academy of Fine Arts of Rome" he studied set-design and learned how to master techniques such as painting and drawing.
His artworks explore various reality of daily life and natural environments. Many of them induce in the audience a feeling of calmness but also uncertainty and mystery. Aesthetics play also a very important role in his work, becoming in some cases a form of contemplation.
Valerio Figuccio is very intrigued by the installation process, especially how an artwork can relate to the exhibition space and how it can be shown.
"I think it's very important to create a connection between the viewer and the space in which the work is exhibited. What strikes me best in a work of art is the faculty of living an art experience through the physical body rather than only through the eyes of the viewer”.