The Cinematographic Work of Alex Prager at the Fondazione Sozzani

The Cinematographic Work of Alex Prager at the Fondazione Sozzani
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A cinematographic work which draws its inspiration from the personal experiences of the artist and street photography, from films and pop culture, with stylistic elements that recall crime dramas, film noir, and melodramas, where women - with their emotional reactions - are very often the protagonists. Imposing photography, large images with saturating colours and vaguely familial images capture the universe of the American photographer and director Alex Prager who has chosen the Fondazione Sozzani for her first personal exhibition in Italy, which gathers together ten years of her work. The roots of her art are found in the photographic traditions of William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, masters of “freezing” an indefinable moment of quotidian life. Her works - characterised by the absence of linear narrative - can be seen seen as narratives of a single photogram that captures enigmatic stories defined within the limits of the frame. Despite the fact that her images seem to capture fleeting moments, they are, nevertheless preceded by a painstaking production process. As is the case of the film Face in the Crowd (2013), for which the artist used a team of over 150 people, over 350 extras and a collection of props that Prager gathered over a twelve-year period.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano