April 1, 2022
IN CONVERSATION WITH GIORGIO GERARDI
Photography by Giorgio Gerardi
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Everyday in life we seem to be on autopilot. Going about our daily life without really noticing what we are surrounded by everyday. We are so used to their presence that we no longer notice their existence. We see them but it as if we do not see them. Italian visual artist Giorgio Gerardi is one artist who started to take notice of the banality in his home and in his local environment. "Everyday we repeatedly use objects that we constantly have under our eyes. How many times do we open the refrigerator? How many times do we take the water bottle?"
Giorgio was born in Mestre, a few kilometres from Venice, living there for many years, up until recently he moved to Favaro Veneto with his whole family. Having always had an interest in the history of art, Giorgio started his own personal research with the use of a camera. In his latest projects he is 'seeing' his environment, interested in the clouds, leaves and trees, earth, sand, and daily objects.
In his "Daily" project, Giorgio wanted to represent everyday objects and to decontextualise them. He wanted to rework a single photograph several times, in different ways, until he was able to get the shapes and colours he likes. Giorgio has now given these everyday objects their own assumed identity and a new creative life.
"The things we see without seeing."