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Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 09

Patricio Cassinoni Common People 09, 2016

View in a room Photography 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch 30 remaining copies


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Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 09
  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Barcelona - Spain

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : pigment ink

  • Themes

    Nude, Portrait

  • Support

    Photography on Hahnemuehle fine art paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 30 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    In Patricio’s own words, “it’s a photograph of a regular and anonymous person, one from the majority, portrayed for no other reason than their presence in the world, using an aesthetic borrowed from Classical, Renaissance or Baroque painting and placing this person in a spot they were unlikely to occupy”.

    On one hand, there is the historical aspect of the portrait. Patricio asks, for whom were the portraits made and why, with what notoriety and relevance of their exceptional status to the future generations. This was a noble selection which excluded so many individuals leaving no trace of their appearance. Not quite like today when it has been pushed to another extreme with the democratisation of image and its overwhelming presence everywhere.

    It is to make anonymous people relevant. Through dramatic light and economical use of references, the person is illuminated and revealed in front of us – at the same time familiar and exceptional.

    But it is not only about making common people the protagonists of a work of art. It is also about engaging common people who participate in the art world to come up with their own meaning without any bias or prevailing convention. Thus comes the second thread of the project and the second question posed by Patricio: who is art for?

    Everyone should find here their own personal references, from the variety of common types to common traits of today’s individuals. It is a place for everybody whether they identify themselves with one of the photographs or imagine what their own would be like.

    The element unifying all the pieces is a bare breast. This second protagonist of the project leads us to think about the politics around the representation of body in visual culture and the moral code associated with it throughout the history of art. It is to reflect on the fact that these ethical values are not static and public perception varies with it.

    Classical art regularly saw the naked body, or parts of, exposed. In today’s culture which is almost synonymous with social media, a naked feminine nipple has been censored. This happens in a culture which sexualises Woman’s nipple and generates inequality. We face consequences of mal-digested legacies and create taboos in the age of communication and freedom of speech. These are some contradictions that echo in our society through something as basic and complex as portrait and nudity.

    • Tags
    • women

    • portrait

    • nudes


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Patricio Cassinoni

Born in: 1975


Patricio Cassinoni was born in the city of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in January 1975. He studied photography at the C.C. Ricardo Rojas (Universidad de Buenos Aires). He works as a photographer, cameraman and television producer. Between 2001 and 2007 he lived and worked in Barcelona and then moved to Dublin where he continued to develop his professional projects (in photography and painting).

Over the years Patricio Cassinoni has also collaborated with theater companies in different projects. He has displayed his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Dublin, as well as art fairs in Edinburgh and Buenos Aires. He was invited to present some of his projects in different art festivals in Europe. Patricio's works are a part of many private collections in different countries around the world.

"Most of my work is derived from observing reality in which we live and how we are capable of understanding the various concepts pertaining to cultural reality. I try to address these ideas through different angles".
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Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 09
Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 09

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