Reveries & Other Fantasies

These photographs set idealized architectural miniatures against southern vernacular architecture. These images refer to ideas of place, belonging, refuge, escape and fantasy. These spaces are reveries tinged with nostalgia and wistfulness for what never was; illusions that seek and hope to become real.

When viewed together, these images form a narrative, an exploration of a space. They present the viewer with inhabited landscapes that are devoid of human figures but full of their traces. These fictional landscapes are anchored to a determined place, they dwell in a recognizable geography, a romanticized American South.

The work presented here uses a reversal of photographic custom where the image represented is not scaled down to fit within the print, but is instead magnified. The miniatures photographed stand in for ordinary objects they are archetypes that can be recognized at a glance.  At first, the images are plausible but something undermines that plausability. The objects are easy to read, but something in the details challenges the plausibility of the image.

 

Giordano Angeletti