By Gio Garancini- BA Creative Events Management
On the evening of the 15th of May, I attended the exhibition ‘A Shade of Pale’ featuring alumni Luca Anzalone, recent graduate in BA Commercial Photography, curated by Carrie Scott. Held at Store X in London, the exhibition had 10 different artists over 2 floors, featuring work of Lorena Lohr, Tom Munro, Federico Pestilli, John Pawson, Marina Shacola, Ellie Tsatsou, Bindi Vora, Marco Walker and Walter & Zoniel.
Although all works were presented in the same venue the works had no relation between them. The exhibition aimed to take the viewer on a winding journey through the photographs, avoiding linearity through the physical curation, and guiding the audience into the artists own captivating worlds through the images themselves. This created a narrative specific to each artist. I went to support my friend and alumni in his photographic and installation exhibition “Tenero (ˈtɛnero) – tender”, his first exhibition of this calibre. Using many unpublished images Luca created 10 installation pieces which combined two images paired by their tonal qualities. The images where then framed by the installation. The installation was a branch placed on top of the image with coloured threads framing the image vertically. The very interesting aspect of the threads was that they mirrored the colours within the image. The shape of the branches framing the images also reflect the shapes present in the images. These two aspects combined with the quality and particularity of the images really showed the care taken by the artist to ensure that all elements of his work were cohesive.
It was great to see how much his work really grew whilst we were at university and to then see the culmination of this development in this exhibition. Overall the venue and the curation of whole show were immensely professional and really spoke to the message that all artists were communicating. The space in which the installation itself was placed also aided captivating and really drew the audience into the narrative that was being told through the images.