Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Photographs 1975-2012
PICS #039

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Photographs 1975-2012
The Hepworth Wakefield
Wakefield, West Yorkshire (UK)
14 febbraio > 1 giugno 2014

Philip-Lorca diCorcia ha sempre fotografato frammenti di vita vissuta, strade, camere da letto, locali notturni, motel. Le sue scene si nutrono dello stesso iperrealismo dei tableaux di Jeff Wall, istanti dilatati che sembrano tanto veri quanto impossibili da catturare: la luce perfetta, gesti e sguardi che sembrano disegnati o scolpiti. In questa mostra, la prima grande retrospettiva presentata nel Regno Unito, viene ripercorso tutto il catalogo dei soggetti esplorati nell'arco di circa quarant'anni, con più di 100 fotografie esposte. La staged photography di Philip-Lorca diCorcia non fa sparire il mondo circostante per crearne un altro, è calata dentro gli stessi luoghi che vuole reinventare, illuminando passanti ignari con flash nascosti o trasformando un gruppo di pole dancer in una sequenza di statue in chiaroscuro, come a voler comporre un infinito storyboard che possa raccogliere tutte le storie che abbiamo visto o letto su quelle strade, quei luoghi e quei volti.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia has always photographed fragments of real life: streets, bedrooms, nightclubs, motels. His scenes are steeped in the same hyperrealism as Jeff Wall’s tableaux, dilated instants that look as authentic as they are impossible to capture: the perfect light, gestures and expressions that seem as if they are drawn or sculpted. In this exhibition, the first major retrospective of his work to be held in the United Kingdom, the whole catalogue of subjects he has explored over the course of some forty years is covered, with over 100 pictures on display. The staged photography of Philip-Lorca diCorcia does not make the surrounding world disappear in order to create another. It is embedded in the very places that he wants to reinvent, illuminating unwitting passersby with concealed flashes or transforming a group of pole dancers into a sequence of statues in chiaroscuro, as if he wished to compose an endless storyboard that would be able to gather all the stories we have seen or read on those streets, in those places and on those faces.

Fabio Severo

In alto / Top: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Hartford, 1979. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Lynn and Shirley, 2008. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Lynn and Shirley, 2008. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tokyo, 1998. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tokyo, 1998. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Chris, 28 years old, Los Angeles, California, $30, 1990-92. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Chris, 28 years old, Los Angeles, California, $30, 1990-92. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head 24, 2001.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head 24, 2001. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Roy, "in his twenties", Los Angeles, California, $30, 1990–92. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Roy, "in his twenties", Los Angeles, California, $30, 1990–92. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Ralph Smith, 21 years old, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 25, 1990–2.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Ralph Smith, 21 years old, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 25, 1990–2. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia, New York City (Bruce and Ronnie, 1982), 1983. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia, DeBruce, 1999. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Hannah, 2004. Courtesy: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London e/and David Zwirner, New York, London.

17 March 2014 / 1 comment
From Klat by Fabio Severo in Photography

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