Paolo Novelli
Paolo Novelli
An Interview
Beatrice Sacco

This month we had the chance to speak with Paolo Novelli, an Italian artist whose work is embedded in the use of analog photography. His latest exhibition, The Day After Night is now on view at Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin until July 21st. Paolo Novelli’s use of photography has its roots in a conscious and specific use of black and white film and dark room printing, and talks about human solitude and incommunicability. His subjects are objects or environments that reflect this human condition, walled windows, dark tunnels, streets covered with fog, statues consumed by the action of time. He defines his work technically as a series of conscious mistakes; for his two series about the windows and the cemeteries for example he used some of these errors, such as the perspective, the light and the closeness to his subjects to reach his goals of a deeper communication with the other. It’s technically wrong but the results are way more interesting and speak to people’s hearts. He focuses on what his viewers see in his works, in a constant dialog with humanity, history of art and photography as a medium. An ancient soul in contemporary times, Novelli reminds us with his work that history of art has many lessons to give us, that – as artists and humans – we should never forget.

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