Daniele Buetti‘s latest photo series, ‘oh boy oh boy’, takes documentary photographs of terror, war and conflicts – such as those from Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo – and turns them into beautiful innocent pictures that look like mosaics, stained glass windows.
The work is really a story of two parts; the technical beauty of the work – which involves removing sections of the original image and replacing the discarded pieces with coloured shapes – and the concept of taking a harrowing photo, stripping it of its story, it’s meaning and turning it into a a pleasing image. An image which we are forced to re-interpret.
On the gallery website where is work is currently being exhibited they say this about his work:
In most works, several figures are to be recognised. Without knowledge of the original image, the scenes are not discernible. Only indications remain. In the work „oh boy oh boy_V“, an image of a prisoner tortured by American soldiers from Abu Ghraib in Bagdad remains unambiguously recognizable. As a result, incertitude arises in terms of what we see in all other works of the series. The title of the series pushes this ambivalence even further. As an exclamation of surprise the German correspondence of the series title „oh boy oh boy! “ leaves open whether it is a remark of joy or, nevertheless, desperation.
‘oh boy oh boy’ is currently being exhibited at the Bernhard Knaus Fine Art Gallery, Niddastrasse 84, 1st Floor, Frankfurt until 20th October, 2012.
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