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Francesco Mercadante : Transfigurations


A bit of sun in images by Francesco Mercadante and in words by Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret.

Francesco Mercadante renews the classical devices of beach and holiday photography through his blurring effects. Among other things, he stages a (fake) sexual freedom that no longer has anything to do with seduction. In this way, the artist challenges the stereotypical coastal landscape of fun and idleness.

The series takes the form of subtle decompositions’ whose characters are, in a way, those we would like to be if we dared. Through these digressions into figurative normality, Mercadante offers a kind of rehearsal of what our reality does not allow. The subjects  individually or in groups create a world that is fun and colourful, but not devoid of emotion.

Disturbing (inevitably and rightly so) and very often bordering on the paradoxical, the shapes contradict the colour glazes, so that these photographs generate a great deal of jubilation and humour. But if we go further in contemplation, we see a complexity of ever-changing iridescences.

In addition to the ‘clear line’, the designer opts for other, more mobile and winged proposals. The image itself moves up and down in the air, to delight photography enthusiasts and amaze those who appreciate its deeper and not merely ornamental refinement.

The photographer also reminds us that the relationship with the body and with nudity is an interpretation in constant motion. An ignored aspect of our being is thus made visible where, exposed and in relative deconstruction, it moves away from the game that photography usually wants to play.

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret

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