PRIVATE VIEW | 23 February, 6.30 - 9 pm
Emerging artist and photographer Benedetta Martini is currently studying Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts. Specialising in photography, her work explores the meanings that we attribute to our sense of place. Through installations incorporating moving image as well as analogue photography, she investigates the qualities of objects and their component materials, highlighting the relationships they have with their environment - and subsequently with ourselves.
Alongside her studio practice, Benedetta Martini curates (CON)TEMPORARY, a series of exhibitions that delve further into the meanings that we attribute to our environment, particularly regarding the role and significance of art in its relation to the surrounding space. Among her influences she cites the work of the artists Monika Sosnowska, William Leavitt and Thea Djordjaze, Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri and film director Michelangelo Antonioni, with whom she shares a profound interest concerning concepts relating to spatial awareness.
In this, her first solo exhibition, Benedetta Martini will be presenting a sculptural installation using the language and materials of modernism blended with architectural elements through which she portrays a stripped down and abstract urban utopia. Inspired by elements stemming from her own memories and recollections of specific places, through the reconstruction of particular geographical contexts, she engages us in a discourse on the poetics of our experience of – and our relationship to – a sense of place.