La bracciata

  • Stefano Nicolini
  • 2009
  • Inv. No. 21.14.05
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Sport
Size L
80x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
 
80x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 

The blurred effect used here aims at breaking down every relationship between athletes and their victories, the context in which they are inserted and with which they are usually identified. This restores their true essence: the sacredness of the athletic gesture as the height of the challenge with oneself even more than with one’s adversaries, captured in the topical moment of the competitive experience during major international events. Colour accentuates the observer’s involvement, drawing him into the dreamlike dimension of the shots composing the work. The physical body is transformed into an abstract body filled with tension and emotional allure.
A tireless traveller, during his adolescence he visited numerous Eastern countries, from Pakistan to Afghanistan, and in these occasions he experimented the art of photography. He did not undertake any professional training, he is an autodidact in the specific area of nature and reportage photography, while being active as a journalist on the side. In 1989 he was encouraged by the well-known Art Wolfe, one of the most eminent nature photographers. During his first period of activity, the young artist preferred the aesthetic and grandeur of the shot and for this reason he portrayed majestic creatures and dramatic landscapes.  He finds in the artic regions a strong dramatic momentum, due to the remoteness and vastness of the area. Nicolini does not seek to explore the new frontiers of contemporary photography, he does not create a new genre. On the contrary, he is moved by the desire to rediscover a harmonious relationship with our environment, taking some distance from the empty space, dirtied and polluted by the tabloid culture. 1979 is the year of his first journalistic series, while 1983 is the year of his first exhibition in New York. The 90s are the most fruitful period, as well as momentum of his career. From 1997 he lives in Buenos Aires and works with the main photography journals, both Italian and foreign. He is author of some books about polar areas and Argentinian regions for the El Ateneo editions.