Stefano De Luigi — Pornoland

From: May 10, 2024 @ 10:00 CET
To: June 9, 2024 @ 18:00 CET
Galleria Cavou, Padova, Italy
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Los Angeles, August 2002, from the project "Pornoland Redux." Stefano De Luigi/VII

VII Photo contributing photographer Stefano De Luigi‘s project Pornoland Redux will be on view from May 10 to June 9, 2024, at Galleria Cavour in Padova, Italy, as part of the International Month of Photojournalism at the IMP Festival. Attendees can also look forward to a talk by Stefano De Luigi on Sunday, June 2.

“Pornoland Redux is the story of returning from a land where battles are fought, and epic feats are accomplished, a place everyone talks about and that everyone would at least like to visit. The borders of Pornoland may be broad and hazy – Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Tokyo, Los Angeles, or Milan – yet the geographical venue is not one defined by ‘facts’: it is essentially a representation of oneiric fantasies, dreamy hallucinations, details and obsessions, all even more real than reality itself.

Stefano De Luigi – on tiptoe, edging around the film set almost like a shadow – rewrites the dynamics of an imaginary world now crystallized in a long but well-defined series of situations, caught on the cusp between the banality of everyday life and the climax of the heroic moment. De Luigi’s photographs bring to the surface what usually lurks in the depths of each individual: their dreams, desires, and fears. What the images contain and signify is deliberately postponed, almost as if the function of these photos were to protect the bodies of the actors in space, to put off their actions in time.” — Silvia Mazzucchelli

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Stefano De Luigi regards societies’ pop culture — from television, fashion, pornography, cinema and political propaganda — and scrapes away the make-up and the polish to ask, is what you’re seeing actually what you think you see?