CRITICS

Title: Marco Bolognesi Woodland
Author: Charlotte Illera
Year: 2006

Bolognesi’s work is full of conflict, between the natural and man-made, reality and artifice, confrontation and submission and aggressivity and beauty. The images tread the blurred line between art and fashion borrowing many characteristics of fashion photography such as the model’s poses and the styling.
As in the gritty realism of the 90s fashion photography these images lack the airbrushed perfection evident in glossy magazines and the visibility of the models hair follicles and skin pores are reminiscent of German photographer Thomas Ruff’s portraits of friends which he began in the late 1970s.

The models in some images appear to challenge the viewer with a direct confrontational gaze that seems to permeate any obstructions, where the models are not facing the viewer the glances outwards suggest a photographic performance, a constant awareness of being the subject. While the flowers and foliage seem to grow from the body spilling and dripping from orifices the metal adornment is an aggressor, containing and penetrating the body.

As in reality the man-made landscape intrudes on the natural one Bolognesi’s work displays the same sense of evolution the bodies are adorned, invaded and painted to excess. The organic and inorganic collide and we are left questioning what we become when the boundaries between the human and the artificial are pushed.

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