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Dominic Lippillo – Stories We Tell Ourselves

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During my childhood I lived in fifteen different houses in the midwestern part of the United States – a part of the country that feels as placeless as the rental houses my family occupied. As a result, I have always felt like an outsider observing and wondering about the area I was inhabiting. Each time we moved I became fascinated and haunted by the residual essence of the former inhabitants that still lingered in and around the home. Throughout my projects I often photograph in or around my personal surroundings in an attempt to understand the spaces and the people who once lived there. In doing so, I create photographs of experiences that exist in his mind but not in reality. I aim to create and capture fictitious moments, while subsequently calling into question the legitimacy of photographic representation by employing a practice, which utilizes staged photography, found vernacular photographs, and digital composite imagery in which I embellish the depicted information through a process of addition and deletion. Throughout the series, “Stories We Tell Ourselves”, memory, landscape, and vernacular images, coalesce in...

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