Emilio Cresciani | Remains of the Day (2012)
Chromogenic prints on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper, 84 x 118 cm.
Edition of 9
All prints are signed and dated.
The most concrete emblem of every economic cycle is the dump. Roberto Saviano, ‘Gomorra’.
Remains of the Day investigates the waste found in recycling yards and landfills, the remains of our consumer culture. These vast ‘non-places’ are unseen, on the edge of our cities, but we are involved with them on a daily basis through the products we consume and discard.
Each photograph focuses on a different type of rubbish. Close ups of TVs, bottles, mattresses and wires focus on their patterns and colours and are disturbing, intriguing and even beautiful. By inverting the photos the negative side or consequence of consumerism is emphasised. As an x-ray points out the weakness or disease in our body, so these photos expose our waste as being a shameful side of our lifestyle. The images are printed on metallic paper, used in high end advertising.
Michael Fitzgerald, editor of Art Monthly Australia, said of Remains of the Day said: "Cresciani is staking a claim for his own sharply emerging photographic identity." And: “Emilio is a keen photographic excavator of site, sifting through its layers and sediments of history.”