Volume dedicated to the Genoese artist and photographer Carla Iacono (www.carlaiacono.it) and, in particular, to the series of works entitled Melancholia.
The images were taken during the artist's trips to visit his daughter Flora, who spent a year in Tübingen as part of the Erasmus program. It is therefore an autobiographical work, in which the journey is intended above all in its archetypal meaning, or rather process of identification, and as a detachment / return mechanism. The whole represents, thus maintaining a strong autobiographical value, the rite of passage of separation.
As in the symbolic-contemplative landscapes of German Romanticism (in particular the landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, explicitly mentioned in some images) here the landscape is a metaphor for the soul, rich in contents that transcend the formal aspects of the image and represent moods ranging from maternal pride to melancholy and concern for the uncertainty of the future.
The language is pictorial / fairytale, according to the well-established style of Iacono; it shows us views transfigured by the filter of fantasy: light, colors, small details made in collage, including the celestial bodies inserted in the skies of all views, that project reality into a more intimate and dreamlike dimension.
As in the homonymous film by Lars Von Trier "Melancholia", from which the name of the project is also borrowed, the celestial bodies stand out against the background, triggering a sense of disorientation and underlining the dichotomy (between vulnerability and strength) of facing an uncertain future.
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