The Dinner Conversation

The Dinner Conversation, 2011, 18 framed images and 8 objects, mixed media and archival pigment prints, each with a unique frame and museum glass; w:12’’ w:14’’ d:3’’ overall

“The idea for the Dinner Conversation, a multi-piece installation, came to me during an ordinary dinner with two friends: the man and woman featured in the central photograph. Watching them eat and talk across the table, I was fascinated by the impression of being suddenly part of a spontaneous theatre piece. I then decided to recreate the setting of that dinner conversation without giving them any specific direction but to enjoy their food and talk. Around them I pieced together several framed images and tridimensional objects that had different connections with them. Among these extra elements there also were three models disguised as framed portraits, instructed to simply follow the conversation. While their physical presence was evident in person, the photo I took passes them as framed images, tricking the viewer into the illusion that there are only two actors on the stage. The models’ presences become ambiguous images and decorative elements at the same time.”

The work is presented as an installation where a large photo of the dinner is surrounded by images and objects that were originally included in the dinner scene, together with bidimensional portraits of the models as they appear in the central picture. The differences between models and friends, theatre and real life, movement and stasis, mise-en-scène and happening, fades into each other, as in a vibrant, colorful and carefully planned theatre piece.

12’x14’ with 18 framed images and 8 objects, mixed media and archival pigment prints, each with a unique frame and museum glass. All of the limited edition images from this installation are individually available, unframed, in an edition of 10 each.

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