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Current Exhibitions

Paolo Verzone - Open Air Photography
Clervaux - Cité de l'image (LUXEMBOURG)
From 2020-09-25 to 2021-09-24

Next exhibitions

Hugues de Wurstemberger - Pauline et Pierre
From 2021-01-21 to 2021-03-14

Open Stage

Kyle Thompson

AA29 Project Room
Piazza Caiazzo 3
20124 Milan (ITALY)
+39 340 969 1313

From 2018-04-10 to 2018-06-04

• Wednesday to Friday - 2-7:30 pm

A 26-year-old Kyle Thompson has exhibitions in many countries, publications and awards, including two editions of Vogue Italia's Photo of the Day.
His is a conceptual photograph where people, often himself, and places compete to stage stories, apparent situations, surreal and dreamlike.
Very young he moved away from the suburbs of Chicago, where he grew up, to discover places where man is not, or is no longer, present: abandoned houses, empty forests, rivers, lakes. He populates these places of himself, often drawing surreal and bizarre self-portraits, set in fecund atmospheres and places, sometimes looming and at the same time ephemeral. In these contexts the artist explores, without external influences, his own emotions and the sensations that those settings arouse. He intervenes on the scene with water, smoke, light effects and objects from his everyday life or history. To strengthen the story or guide the observer.

Talking about these early self-portraits, the artist recalls: "I needed a way to channel my emotions. I felt that the self-portraits expressed them. Without having to use words. I had a terrible difficulty in relating to people, so I ended up using myself in almost all my photos, spending several hours every day wandering alone through empty forests making myself self-portraits thanks to the timer of my cameras".
"Music, emotions, whatever happens in my life, I try to be inspired by everything, I rarely remember my dreams, but I took some pictures based on dreams sometimes," he says.
And the shots of Kyle tell us of dreams, sometimes nightmares, childhood memories and traumas, feelings and emotions with a melancholy and nostalgic taste, which go to stimulate the most intimate part of our unconscious.
The search for environments and sensations then pushed him into many other contexts, to the point of leading him to Eastern Europe, in search of the places of his ancestors.

In his latest series of photos, Ghost Town (2015), Kyle explores an abandoned and flooded city; fragments of life and childhood memories merge into melancholy and introspective shots in which water, which surrounds the city, represents the child's depression and represents the only means capable of altering and distorting reality to the point of making us recognize it. As in a dreamlike journey, Kyle guides us through the shadows, lights and soul of these places, apparently empty but full of memories of those who have lived them and those who explore them for the first time.
Delicate but strong at the same time, Kyle's photographs leave us breathless. Despite their surreal nature, these images - collected in his Somewhere Else - tell us about close and real emotions in which it is easy to see each other again, and so know each other and understand each other more.
For Caserta, Kyle Thomson has set up a specific project. The exhibition conceived for the Royal Palace explores - says the curator - "the context and the environment that surround her images".

"The artist is interested in the relationship between urban environment and nature: living in a large American metropolis, he feels the urgent need to search for natural spaces, unanthropized to create his work.
Thompson sees the natural space as a kind of stage where a slight shift of the camera lens would destroy the illusion created and highlight the true context of the scene. The project he designed for this exhibition aims to take another look at the relationship between urban space and nature.
Consequently, the images are conceived in diptychs: a larger one will always be a self-portrait of the artist immersed in these natural spaces within urban areas, while the smaller one will be the one that will break the illusion and show the real environment in which this "nature" is immersed. The interest is to highlight not only how the city changes nature, but also how some, even if small, portions of nature manage to remain immutable.
"It's so nice to be able to create a moment that never existed. Something that is so real, but invented. You can create a moment that never happened, but continues to live in its same immutable state, and it's a creative feeling that I love," says Thompson.

Exhibitions catalog

Monographic exhibitions

Albert & Verzone
Bacigalupo Martina
Bouda Ferhat
Boudjelal Bruno
Brault Philippe
Castro Prieto Juan Manuel
Chapin Jean-Luc
Chivet Sophie
Coulange Olivier
Dailleux Denis
Darzacq Denis
Delpoux Dominique
Descamps Bernard
Deschamps Pierre-Olivier
Desprez Bertrand
Doury Claudine
Duroy Stéphane
Eshraghi Isabelle
Flore Maia
Fontaine François
Gomez Rovira Rodrigo
Goussard Christophe
Grignet Brigitte
Guigui Stanislas
Hock Marin
Hopkins Rip
Huguier Françoise
Hyytiäinen Arja
Iuncker Steeve
Lambert Yvon
Landry Amélie
Lecloux Frédéric
Lekfeldt Thomas
Mirguet Olivier
Navia José Manuel
Nejmi Malik
Pauquet Claude
Picard Fabrice
Picard Serge
Pierrot Emmanuel
Propeck Agnès
Rearick Anne
Rondeau Gérard
Sauveur David
Sutkus Antanas
Taberna Patrick
ten Hoopen Pieter
Terré Ricard
Tillim Guy
Tunbjörk Lars
Van Denderen Ad
Vanden Eeckhoudt Michel
Wasif Munem
Winship Vanessa
Yankang Yang
Zuili Guillaume

Collective Exhibitions

  • Vu' by Robert Delpire
  • Full Size Nature
  • VU' in Paris
  • European Works

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