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Italian photographer Davide Virdis’s newest project, “Relitti riletti” (“Ruins re-read”) sees the artist playing anthropologist, capturing photographs of abandoned spaces in Florence, Sassari, Rome and Pontassieve. Virdis transforms the forsaken, vacant areas into light-flooded industrial landscapes, using his large format camera to inject life into that which history has forgotten. The artist juxtaposes uninhabitable spaces with signs of everyday activity – writing is scrawled on an asylum wall; a decrepit closet door is flung open; a red bra hangs on a dirty futon. Virdis calls attention to the perpetual conversation between humans and the backdrops of our lives: by re-reading the aesthetics of dilapidated spaces, the artist re-writes their stories.

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