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What does your garbage reveal about you?

BY EMILIO CRESCIANI | 05-Jan-2017
Garbage doesn't lie. Wrappers, cans, bottles and cigarettes belie what we tell ourselves -- and what we tell others -- about how we live. In his new exhibition FACE2FACE emerging artist Emilio Cresciani makes a connection between our public face and what is privately discarded. He shot 55 portraits of friends and their rubbish for a week. FACE2FACE is on show at Interlude Gallery, Glebe, Sydney from Thursday 9 February – Saturday 18 February 2017.
Venue: INTERLUDE GALLERY
Address: Shop 11/131-145 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037, Australia
Date: Thursday 9 February – Saturday 18 February 2017.
Time: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 11am-5pm Closed: Monday, Sunday and Public Holidays
Web: www.emiliocresciani.com
: https://www.facebook.com/EmilioCrescianiPhotography
: www.interludegallery.com
FACE2FACE: ISABEL
Italian author Italo Calvino suggests that we are all defined by what we throw away. We are what we dump.

Garbage doesn't lie. Wrappers, cans, bottles and cigarettes belie what we tell ourselves -- and what we tell others -- about how we live.

In his new exhibition FACE2FACE emerging artist Emilio Cresciani takes his interest in waste to a more personal level, making a connection between our public face and what is privately discarded.

FACE2FACE is on show at Interlude Gallery Glebe from Thursday 9 February – Saturday 18 February 2017.

Portraits usually focus on someone’s appearance or character but this new series focuses on our private face, that which is hidden to others. Is our true identity found in the rubbish we throw out each day?

“I asked my friends to collect their rubbish for the week. I superimposed close up photos of this waste onto a photo of their face. I then turned these into negatives.” As an x-ray points out the weakness or disease in our body, so these expose our waste as being a hidden side of our lifestyle.

“Many people found it confronting to come face to face with the volume of waste they accumulated over a week. Our consumerism leads us to think of rubbish as a necessary evil – provided it can be removed far away to a landfill or washed down the drain.”

His work references 16th c Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo – known for his evocative portraits made of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books - and Vik Muiz who photographed pickers of recyclable materials in Brazil’s largest rubbish dump, the workers then collaborated to make huge self-portraits out of the garbage.

The work continues Cresciani’s interest in the detritus of our modern consumer lifestyle.

His interest is in the objects, structures, buildings and the urban landscape, and in particular the increasing number of ‘non-places’ that fill our environment. His artwork explores redundancy - waste centres, derelict service stations, road works, car parks and abandoned factories. Beauty is found in these places of repulsion, neglect or obsolescence.

Sydney-based Cresciani was a finalist in the Chippendale New World Art Prize in 2015 and the 2010 National Youth Self Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in Australia.

FACE2FACE is on show at Interlude Gallery from Thursday 9 February – Saturday 18 February 2017.

INTERLUDE GALLERY

Shop 11/131-145 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, NSW 2037
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 11am-5pm
Closed: Monday, Sunday and Public Holidays
http://www.interludegallery.com