FABRIZIO FIORENZANO | PHOTOJOURNALIST

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In this age of computer graphics and Internet, art has become the new frontier of creative expression. There is little to argue about it. A great part of the hip hop culture, the interracial mix of far and near cultures, high and low, educated and popular that live with us, a great part of this culture has used and uses the infinite power of software to create a richer horizon for the future of image and imagination.

Fabrizio Fiorenzano's work - file after file, component after component, picture after picture - is among the most significant examples of how the act of making art with the computer can open new perspectives well beyond the hurdle of the present moment. Fiorenzano shows with his works to be a true artist, omnivorous like all artists and software artists in particular. He employs different materials and in different ways. But it all sums up in a single objective: telling about the tragedies (war, drugs, starvation and extermination) and the joys (love, above all) of our time through photographic manipulation. Fabrizio Fiorenzano feeds his creativity with images often captured by his own camera or, some of them, by third parts. But these shots are just a starting point. Following with a technique as powerful as traditional painting, Fiorenzano makes his building blocks communicate with each other, mixing and enriching them through combination. So the symbols multiply the meanings, like a magic kaleidoscope that renders life and its strength even when it is depicting death. It truly is a new artistic frontier, yet to be explored and fully built - file after file, indeed. And with a strong desire of exploiting as much as possible what can be done with samples of heterogeneous material, just as it happens in music with dub and all other hip hop variants - virtual matter that has replaced oil with pixels. But yet true art, which does not neglect to communicate a strong meaning, even if it needs to punch in the face to do it. Emotion is what ultimately matters. And Fiorenzano knows how to create it - with strength.

 

Pietro Treccagnoli (Journalist)

These "compositions", as Fabrizio Fiorenzano prefers to define the result of his work, find an illustrious predecessor in the history of figurative arts in the photo montage, that shows an image obtained at shoot-time or print-time by patching together various images in different ways; a practice that has been around since the early days of photography and is still in use today where it is used to expressive purposes.

 

The most famous artist in this field that we have record of was John Heartfield (1891-1968), author of a large number of satyric works targeting the German Nazi government, made in collaboration with George Grosz who also helped found and support the Berlin Dada group of artists, around the end of the '10s during the last century. One of the most well-known works by John Heartfield, entitled "Once during the Middle Ages, so now under the III Reich" shows a man crucified on a swastika.

 

Today's skillful usage of the computer as employed by Fabrizio Fiorenzano, who uses it to put together the pictures he chooses for his compositions makes the old photo montage technique appear like a tender old relative who, after having started a path with an idea and then walked it for a good distance, generously enables us to continue walking it by different means. Indeed, the results achievable through electronics are amazing for number of colours, infinitely adjustable shades, transparent veils, number of usable backgrounds, available filters, range of effects and much more - all tools that are not available in the darkroom and that can be precisely applied at each instance, without the unpredictability of chemicals.

 

Fascinating world of possibilities in which creativity, talent, emotion and synthetical skills get along perfectly with intelligence, reflection, technique and play. The result of Fabrizio's work appears consolidated by now, and if we abandon ourselves to the reading of his works packed with atmosphere and deep tension in regards to the inequality of the world, the woman's condition in third world countries and the obtuseness of wars, as well as beauty, nature, abstractions, dream and contradictions, then we can enjoy the enchanted birth of an "image of images" which allows us to raise our awareness and communicate without words.

 

Luciano D'Alessandro (Reporter)

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