It is not ’600 is a series of images illustrating the break between the classical and modern worlds. As testified by the works of Baschenis, Caravaggio and Nessoli, the 1600s represent a century in which the still-life genre developed to its fullest, interpreting the feeling of the precariousness of life that swept across Europe following the Thirty Years’ War and the spread of diseases such as the Black Death. However, while in seventeenth-century paintings the characteristic common to all symbolic elements alluding to the theme of transience was fixity, immobility and stagnation, in Pozzuoli’s work dynamism, explosion and power instead predominate, bearing witness to the shift between two extremes: rather than a silent being hiding behind its fears, society has now become unstoppable and uncontrollable, noisy and shattered. The works represent a futuristic still life, as we are in the century of progress, rapidity and consumption. This is why the title is a statement, but also a warning.
Each image is the outcome of a complex process. The scene is initially drawn and made into a sketch defining the materials, colours and proportions. Then it is time for work in the studio, where the static elements such as fruit and vegetables are photographed and the glass is broken separately, capturing each moment of this explosion. Only then is everything mounted and assembled in its final photographic form.