Luca Baioni: Demons

"What the hell is this?”, - was something revolving in my mind as I first approached the series by Luca Baioni. And this hell-feeling appeared to be something very closely related to its essence. Blurry, distorted, fragmented, juxtaposed, merged, altered images are - as Luca says - not reproductions of reality, but rather new pieces of reality, which are meant to interact with reality itself. And even if they are not supposed to talk to me, a human being, I can feel it with my skin: otherwordly, creepy, hidden powers of the world.

My artistic production is the result of a modus operandi, which is based on different non-hierarchicalised elements: world fragments, cameras, digital and analogical post-production, paper. Everything is involved in a productive dis(continuous) process in order to give to every image a uniform and complete density.
From the beginning to the end of the process I am driven by a rigorous indiscipline. The method is just a way to the final result. This is true of the single images as well as the books.

I do not think of images as a reproductions of reality, as “altered” as it may be. I create new pieces of reality, which then interact with reality itself. Through my work I do not try to communicate to humanity, to my fellow human beings, but to reality as a whole, and I want the things I produce to be “things among things” and that they become works of art only when they deeply interact with reality. I tear the world into pieces and deconstruct, rebuild, dismantle its fragments, without ever losing faith that what I produce is already in the world, though in another form, as a potential. I unfold the powers hidden in the world. I consider my work as unfolded potentials. I do not create ex nihilo, out of nothing. In the real world, I create discontinuities with the pieces of reality deployed.

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