Space at Center: London 1994-2007
From September 15 to October 29, 2021
Space at the Centre: London 1994 – 2007 is inspired by Diego Ferrari's personal interest in the relationship between our perception of reality and artistic practice. Taken with a 35mm disposable camera modified by himself, these images of Ferrari's work present us with a new conception of space and time in the form of lyrical narratives about memory, identity and space. The images offer a glimpse of London's art, artists, urban geography and public spaces dedicated to art at the height of its artistic potential.
Ferrari's use of film and analog methods in an age before digital capture and Photoshop is more than just a technical innovation. Born in Argentina, Ferrari left the country with his family after the military coup of 1976 and settled down. in Barcelona. In 1987 he moved & gué; to London and got a place on the prestigious Goldsmiths College Fine Art course, where he was a contemporary of many of the leading figures in the Young British Artists (YBAs) movement. from there that during those years he became a witness and documenter of the dazzling transformation of London, which left from being a recession-hit city to becoming a cultural capital on a global scale.
London's extraordinary ability to reinvent itself is reflected in Ferrari's unique photographic method, which allowed him to exercise greater manual control over the amount of film on display. In images, the usual single-frame photographic capture is expanded to create a continuous space that is constructed through focus and perspective. A key inspiration in Ferrari's vision lies in early works of conceptual art, such as Marcel Duchamp's Door, 11 rue Larrey, for their exploration of space as a zone of transit and pass. For its part, the interest that the artists' studios arouse in Ferrari shows the relationship that exists between the production of art, the space of each artist and the artists themselves in moments of uncertainty, contemplation and creative changes.