«Instinct is a work that came out with its own strength. I consider every shot as a trace of an instinct that I never explored before in my work and perhaps in my life. All the shots have been taken in 2012. The entire series is composed by 18 pieces. Most of them are self-portraits and portraits of my partner. In every diptych, the images on the right was created by me digitally, using different photos of water, grass, clouds, flowers, stones, dust and earth. I use photography as a tool to question my relationship in between myself and people that surround my life. Thanks to this project I gained a lot of new knowledge, not only photographically but especially personally.» - Anna Di Prospero

Anna Di Prospero discovered the coherence and implicit meaning in this work through an observation made à posteriori : as she says, these photographs are the visual represen¬tation of traces of intimacy imprinted in her memory. The images, produced between 2011 and 2012, range from the self-portrait, the photographer’s favourite genre, to portraits of her partner ; fragments of faces (eyes half-closed, mouths that smile, talk, kiss) and bodies (hands or backs often immortalised during tender embraces) are combined with architectu¬ral details, or landscapes belonging to a « mental archive » containing images of the pho¬tographer’s experience. As a final choice, Anna Di Prospero composes diptychs combining these images with digitally reworked photographs of water, clouds, grass, rocks, dust and earth. - Serena Silvestrini

Anna Di Prospero was born in Rome in 1987. She studied photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2008, she has been selected for «FotoGrafia–Rome’s International Festival of Photogra¬phy», with a solo exhibition at Gallerati Gallery. In 2009 she took part in «FotoLeggendo Festival» and won the «Prix Exchange Bouto¬graphies» which is worth the participation to the «Boutographies Rencontres Photogra¬phiques de Montpellier 10ème edition». In 2010 she has been selected for the international photography seminar «Reflexions-Masterclass», held by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. In the 2011 she has been awarded « Discovery of the year » at the Lucie Awards 2011.

All images Courtesy Galerie Madé © Anna Di Prospero

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Related images

  1. Anna Di Prospero, Evolution #9, 2012, Inkjet fine art print
  2. Anna Di Prospero, Evolution #8, 2012, Inkjet fine art print
  3. Anna Di Prospero, Evolution #3, 2012, Inkjet fine art print