ARE WE ALONE?, 2015-2018
As would an entomologist, the photographer Anna Meschiari has been working hard to find rare specimens to fill her drawers. She selects and collects iconographical material in an almost encyclopeadic manner, in an attempt to master the multiplicity of meanings and representations of a word. Her collection grows out of books, archives of libraries and museums sources, but also comes from the infinite database of the web. Elsewhere, the Other, these words which resonate in our imagination as much as in the research geared towards to the exploration of distant and parallel times and territories. Science and fiction call up, nourish and meet each other in the scientific imagination whose medias are particularly fit for our projections, fantasies and desires to understand the unknown. The presence of an elsewhere remains for us intangible in space and time. Though no trace is left, these apparitions give way to a profusion of testimonies, attempts to describe UFOs, confidential files about alien life or Hollywood movies which seem to join sometimes in this grey zone between fiction and reality. The material of Anna Meschiari is inexhaustible and malleable. Whether visual or literary, illustration, newspaper clipping, or evidences, she takes possession of it for her own investigative artistic practice. Her study is guided by the relations between images and words, the representation and its legend. Through manipulation and misuse of these extracts of information and of these stereotypes, she attempts to sketch out this absence, its invented traces and most importantly our relation to unknown. (Marie DuPasquier / DISPLAY, Berlin) with the kind support ofKosmos Kultur Stiftung - Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council - Repubblica e Canton Ticino, SWISSLOS - Mulhouse Biennial of Photography -DISPLAY, Berlin - Green Hill Gallery, Berlin