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Passi perduti

The contemporary world has a problem with space. No place is private or public anymore. It is a movable architecture, which also drags with it, in this new way of being, individuals. We are all forced to wander around the cities and their neighborhoods as if we were perennial tourists, isolated, uprooted, intrigued by a landscape that is always rapidly changing, risking to lose its fixed points every day. Sociologist Zygmunt Bauman summed up this condition in two simple words: liquid modernity. The works of Laura Federici - both when they face the ring road that runs alongside Rome or the cloisters of the mosques in Damascus, Syria - respond in an "effective" way to the urban and mental precariousness that grips us. Empty spaces (the street at night) or dotted with small dancing human presences (children) are there, suspended, revisited, out of focus, in a collage that is not only technical but also interior. The detail and the foreground become the anchor to avoid getting lost in the contemporary mobility, the raft to get on when the fluidity of things makes us all strangers.

Arianna Di Genova

_ 2004

_ Studio Morbiduci, Rome