by Alessandro Rizzi
Published by YARDPRESS, Rome, 2015.
23x32,5cm, 112 pages, hardcover, offset color printing, uv lamination, 500 copies.
Sculptures by Alessandro Rizzi is a book whose photographs were shot over the timespan of a few hours in Washington D.C. on December 13, 2014, and more precisely, during the civil rights protests that took place in the capital after the fatal shooting and civil unrest originating in Ferguson. Rizzi gives back a sharp and paradigmatic work on American society as a whole, and on the importance of a political demonstration that is a sign of the times and is coherent to its prescribed script, he plays with the fragments and cracks of what could be a historic moment for the struggle of the black community but that does not appear to be so: the sculptures at play in this event are part of a larger scenario that provides for their presence and contribution as actors both united and alone. This kind of structural weakness of the human element does not manifest in what is portrayed in the photographs which always appears to be plastic and structured, but instead lives within this visual paradox, as testimony to the distance in the union, and a fragility, despite the solidity, structure, and plasticity within each one of us.
“I never imagined i could leave in order to document a single day of a manifestation. And I still feel this surprise, but I wanted to be present at the biggest event for the rights of Afroamericans from Martin Luther King’s times. The very strong sense of brotherhood I felt towards this human and ethnic group of people was triggered in me by a love affair I had with an Afroamerican girl (born in Italy from American father): when the riots in Ferguson started, I asked myself what I could do to bear witness to the very serious events that were taking place there and, at the same time, to demonstrate my closeness to the person I loved.”
by Alessandro Rizzi
Published by Damiani Editore, Italy, 2006
112 pages, hardcover, text Ita/Eng.
ISBN: 978 88 89431 42 9
In Beijing as well as New York, Las Vegas and London, the stories of people living in megalopolises are all alike, all searching for a quiet life in places where everything springs out of a surreal thought or emotion. Thus, these places, full of sensory and emotional stimuli, end by turning into amplifiers of solitudes and frustrations or at least of an unexplainable desire for tranquil ordinariness...
Vision from another world is the first book of Alessandro Rizzi, who perfected his art during his many travels throughout Europe and the Middle East. After having worked with reportage photography on Romanian miners and Palestinian refugees in the Lebanon, Alessandro Rizzi presents in the book his research on megalopolises of the world, from New York to Las Vegas, from London to Tokyo, from Beijing to Shanghai. Rizzi’s photographs seem images from another planet, as they narrate cities from a perspective far away from usual stereotypes. The other world emerging from Rizzi’s photos bypasses the accumulation of matter and chaos we are used to identify cities’ sprawling with, as they are invaded by millions of special effects lacerating our senses, and inhabited by subjects revealing a novel mystical vision of these places as temples of modern man.