Maurizio Anzeri creates photo-sculptures in solo show commissioned by Chapter

By Emily Beeson | 10 May 2013

Exhibition preview: Maurizio Anzeri: But it's not Late it's Only Dark, Chapter, Cardiff, until June 30 2013

An embroidered photograph of a woman
Maurizio Anzeri utilises textiles, photography and found objects to fabricate partially sculptural pieces that attempt to communicate the complex identities of a group of fictitious people.

As part of Cardiff’s Biennial International Photography Festival, Diffusion (read our Preview), the Italian artist’s first Welsh solo exhibition has been commissioned by Chapter and features previously unseen works, a collection of Anzeri’s critically acclaimed photo-sculptures, and a selection of newly commissioned pieces.

Anzeri's photographic portraits explore the concept of self, and can be viewed as multifaceted backdrops from which to build upon, explore and subvert.

Layering over found photos with his own imagined additions he has produced what he calls "other possible evolutionary dimensions for the people pictured". Anzeri spawns imagined realities, worn like masks by original photographic images.

Cartographic shapes in an array of colours contribute to these strange and enigmatic new faces, which seem to offer alternate histories - and personalities.

Some new works go further in creating these imagined identities. Featuring vibrant, often geometric embroidery overlaid over photographs, they seem to conjure a private, psychological space that is both intriguing and mesmerising.

  • Open 12pm-6pm (8pm Thursday-Saturday, closed Monday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @chaptergallery.

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