Serena Vittorini was born in L'Aquila where she lives. She has loved photography since she was a child but only after graduating in Psychology she decided to devote herself to the study of photography, at ISFCI (Institute of Photography and Integrated Communication). In addition to her studies she started working as a freelance photographer focusing mostly on commissions related to portraiture and still life. Besides her professional career she also dedicates herself to the artistic career. After exploring some techniques such as light painting, she could produce personal projects which have been included in group and solo shows. Keen observer of everyday life, she lives photography as a tool for telling her thoughts in a personal way describing faces of people crossing her path. In her work individuals who are sometimes isolated from their social context emerge, guiding the attention to their typical features, sometimes overwhelmed by the grotesque surroundings. [...]
We are used to measure ourselves against ourselves and the space around us with the knowledge that something outside our skin that can not be controlled happens, something which is beyond our forecasts. You try to be prepared, presentable, able to react quickly, with strength and intelligence to stimuli from the world outside of us. Indeed, the delicate boundary between us and the world is the key topic of our whole existence. Reducing everything to a question of numbers, the five senses are compared with the four elements and with the passage of time: all the time we interpret the world around us, nature and the community with these few parameters, and each time we are gripped by the mysterious question. I feel, see, smell, touch, taste, and so I think, but what am I really? I build an idea of the world, but who will tell myself? Following the return to my hometown, L'Aquila, after an absence of eight years, I tried to re-establish a contact with those who are my roots, trying to tell through these and to interpret the sensations arising from my daily experiences.
The result is a surreal, elusive, mysterious, terrifying atmosphere.
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