“Disturbed Home”, the photo essay by Ian Strange

The window of a house is centered in a rather large black circle, perfect as if Giotto had designed it. Intuition: behind the camera that portrays the house, there must necessarily be a huge weapon with an infallible viewfinder. But no. The art pistol does not shoot, but tells something more about that suburban villa, and it does so by linking several disciplines – photography, cinema, editing – to the imagination. A number of so-called “disturbed” houses are thus subject to investigation Ian Strange:”Disturbed home is my first complete monograph, “he tells us.” Order contains i site-specific projects which I have been doing for the last 15 years by incorporating the houses, including all my cinematic and photographic works, together with images showing the making of these works, sketches, preparatory works as well as essays by the artistic director and curator of FotoFocus Kevin Moore and off Britt Salvesencurator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography and the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Disturbed home

Ian Strange

Published by Diamiani Editorethe book – a work of art Sui generis – examines the idea of ​​home: a space intended as a personal refuge or as a useful alcove for achieving one’s ambitions. Image after image, the reflection on the development of the idea of ​​residence seems clear: “For the last 15 years I have been exploring the concept of home in my artistic practice, both as a physical place and as a psychological idea. It is an exercise that has grown over time. Each work responds directly to the specificity of each site, but the only constant is the connection to a more universal and psychological notion of home and its role as an index of refuge, family, self and community, as well as being a social and political space. highly burdened”. As Kevin Moore writes in the foreword to the volume, “since World War II, the desire to own a home has been an almost universal measure of success, as well as an indicator of the extent of American capitalism and its sinister materialistic goals.” . But what happens inside the well-to-do houses, what is not possible to see from the outside? Disturbed Home it is a psychological study of the interior. That lonely and green suburban houses they are, in Ian Strange’s eyes, a residential model to enter: the object of a film practice that overrides the mystery of private spaces to dig into a (still) unknown intimacy.

disturbed home by ian strange

Disturbed home

Ian Strange

The book is divided into sections. The first is justified Photographic and cinematic works and collects, in chronological order, the photographs and films made since 2011. The second is Examination: a behind-the-scenes analysis of the entire work, which also reveals the research that has been done in the area. websiteinstead, it examines the site-specific production of the interventions carried out in the city, in the community, in the artistic organizations and in the neighborhoods. In particular, says Ian Strange, “most of the projects I have created have been initiated at the invitation of a community, an art festival, a museum or another organization. These projects start with site visits and reflections. within the community, to initiate a dialogue or collaboration that results in interesting works It is a conversation that continues during the development of the work, its process and its becoming The work is created and exhibited in a city in the program of a festival, a museum exhibition or a biennale. Often photographic works or films become part of the permanent collections of the museums in the cities where they were created”. Finally, the book’s fourth and final section is titled Gallery and includes the interweaving of images between photography and video, together with objects of symbolic-cultural value.

disturbed home by ian strange

Disturbed home

Ian Strange

The book highlights how life is (also) a social process. “In general, the way urban, suburban and rural spaces are defined is a very fluid and changing concept. These ideas can evolve very quickly with extreme political, environmental or economic changes. However, I think the basic notion of refuge and community is a constant of these spaces. As I travel to make these works, I am more interested in the similarities and in understanding where there may be universal connections between each of these works and the places. From a passage niche that only offers welcome at night, to a complete space where you can spend a lot of time, the house – concept and space – evolves day by day, sometimes even becoming an art form.

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