Spot home gallery is pleased to present for Arte Fiera a dialogue between the works of Michael Ackerman and Dimitra Dede.
Ackerman and Dede use photography as a seismograph of the soul, tracking the emotional states of their immersion in the world. Their photography transfigures reality, reducing everything to its very essence, drawing us into a parallel, intangible world, that of their dreams, fears, and doubts, which we can all identify with.
The idea of Time is at the center of their research. In “End time city,” the work that listed Ackerman as a major figure in photography, the city of Varanasi is a metaphor of an indefinite time, as a place of passage between life and death; Dimitra Dede’s “Ápeiron,” too, in the very title of the work, refers back to Anaximander’s principle, infinite and eternal, from where all things originate and where then dissolve.
Moreover, the dialogue between the two artists is characterized by their poetic approach, also defined in its etymological meaning: poësis, “to make, to produce.” They both stress the limits of the medium through continuous experimentation, in an attempt to give voice to the mystery of experience, in its irresolvable complexity.
In its booth Spot home gallery will exhibit a selection of the latest works made by Michael Ackerman in Varanasi and New York, which have always been privileged places of his research, emblems of chaos, where to get lost and find yourself again, through photography.
For Dimitra Dede, there will be a selection of her works from “Mayflies,” “Ápeiron” and “Dragon House” series, many of them printed on a precious Japanese Taizan paper, thin, slightly transparent, but exceptionally strong: an assonance with the maternal feminine that combines fragility and strength, love and care, central themes of Dede’s research.