Christian Martinelli cites Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La lunga striscia di sabbia (The Long Strip of Sand) as a source of inspiration for his extraordinary project, Confini (Borders). The series explores our geography-based sense of belonging: in the same way that an animal determines its territory, humans draw lines on a map to define their borders. In Martinelli’s eyes, however, these boundaries do not signify the end, but the beginning of new spaces.
To create the series, Martinelli (born 1970) worked with il cubo – a cube designed by the artist to serve both as a camera and an art installation. The resulting images are rich with chromatic nuances that are more reminiscent of a painting than a photograph. And, just like William Turner’s abstract seascape paintings, Martinelli’s pictures are unique and unrepeatable works of art.
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