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2009 Flying away Salvador de Bahia

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Le immagini fotografiche del progetto “Flying away” di Elena Givone superano i limiti del reportage tradizionale, riuscendo a coniugare uno spirito documentaristico autentico e un attivo impegno sociale a pratiche proprie del contesto artistico contemporaneo. L'idea di ritrarre le persone su un tappeto, coinvolgendole in un gioco di cui la fotografa è artefice e protagonista, raccontando loro una storia che induca in loro un preciso comportamento, spezza infatti l'abituale meccanismo che ci lascia semplici spettatori di una realtà lontana. In tal modo, invece, Elena rende evidente la sua presenza e imprime al lavoro una nuova connotazione socio-antropologica ed emozionanti risvolti psicologici. Flying Away è ora approdato a Salvador de Bahia, tra i minori infrattori della legge. La condizione di privazione della libertà personale sofferta dai protagonisti ritratti da Elena, e che in alcuni scatti irrompe con durezza nel nostro campo visivo, crea un contrasto forte e toccante con l'atmosfera di magia in cui lei li immerge e con la sincerità dipinta sui loro volti, dopo che essi hanno accettato di condividere con noi i loro sogni. Le fotografie di Elena Givone aprono così nuovi orizzonti a noi, resi partecipi, anche solo un poco, del loro mondo interiore, ma soprattutto orizzonti di speranza ai ragazzi, nella convinzione che senza la capacità di sognare non è possibile costruire un futuro diverso.
Daniele De Luigi


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FLYING AWAY - Salvador de Bahia 2009 - “freedom means having the opportunity to dream”
The pictures of the "Flying away" project overcome the boundaries of traditional reportage, by combining the genuine spirit of a documentary with the active commitment of the social practices typical of our contemporary artistic context. The idea of depicting people on a “magic” carpet involves them in a game where the photographer is both creator and protagonist at the same time. Indeed, telling them a story lets a specific behavior to emerge, disrupting the normal mechanism which makes us mere spectators of a too far away reality. Involving adolescents in a mental game, telling them a story that leads them to a specific behaviour, breaks the usual mechanism that leaves us as mere spectators of a distant reality. Shooting is the final act of the photograph. Adolescents involved in this kind of meditative act are then invited to photograph themselves with an instax camera (e.g., Polaroid) and write on the photo their names and intentions, as well as to annotate their dreams and the places they visited during their "flight" on a “flying diary”. This diary wants to be a sort of reminder to all: the person photographed, the photographer and the final spectator. Like a reminder of the concept that mind is the most powerful machine in the world, and that by means of it we can succeed realizing our dreams, initially in a visual form and with great strength of will come hopefully to realization. Flying Away landed in Salvador de Bahia, among adolescents in conflict with the law. The pictures open new horizons, and we can now participate, even if only a little, in their inner world. But, aboveall, the pictures open new horizons of hope to the adolescents in the belief that without the ability to dream it is impossible to build adifferent future.
Daniele De Luigi

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