Empire of dust #4, Giarre, Sicile by Amélie LABOURDETTE

Empire of dust #4, Giarre, Sicile

Empire of dust #4, Giarre, Sicile by Amélie LABOURDETTE

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Photography: Digital and Color on Paper.
Size: 45.7 H x 53.1 W x 1.2 in
Pigment print, RC paper - 111 x 130 cm ( 43,7x 51,2 inch) - Dibond 2mm / framing american box. Dimensions with framing american box : 116 x 135 cm ( 45,7 x 53,1 inch) Three editions per photograph, numbered, signed: 1/3. This photography is part of a series of 20 photographs taken in southern Italy, in the regions of Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia. Through this photographic series Empire of dust realized in south Italy, Amélie Labourdette tries jointly through an "archeology of the present" to reflect the contemporary history by the yardstick of these unfinished architectures, while invoking the viewer’s imagination so that there unfolds “a variant of the world”. Concrete skeletons of major projects remained pending, of unfinished buildings, recurring patterns of our time affected by socio-economic upheavals, become also, because of their incompleteness, interstitial spaces of indeterminacy, conducive to a photographic quest, exploring the possibilities of a singular reinvestment of the world: they are proving to be, spaces and indefinite forms that have, due to their incompleteness, a «becoming-other» that the design of the initial project had dedicated them. These indefinite forms, between upcoming ruins and potential sculptures, are drawing the figure of a strange present between dystopia and utopia, contemplating its own suspended space : a temporal interregnum between, an after the «disaster» and a revival of history that builds a new poetic area, over which hovers the specter of the end of a certain world. All these photographs thus form a space of imaginary speculation, inviting the viewer to weave improbable links between different referential and memory layers of history: from the school of Düsseldorf to the minimalist sculptures of the 60s, or else to the monumental interventions of Land Art, but also from the ruins of the German romantic painting to the "forward-looking ruins" of the science fiction novels, such as Earth Abides of G.R. Stewart, describing a post-human era, where nature gets over on human constructions.
Keywords: utopia, land art, science fiction, dystopia, document, unfiniched buildings, archeology of present, school of Düsseldorf, architecture, landscape