OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Finstral Studio Friedberg, Germany
Stefano Graziani’s new works show Finstral’s production facilities at its headquarters in South Tyrol and in Valsugana, as well as a partner studio in Sicily. His photographs can only be reluctantly classified in the tradition of industrial photography. In some places, his pictures seem to be detached from the product in order to provide a view of the aesthetics of production and even of the collector’s lust – of the company founder and art lover Hans Oberrauch.
Graziani’s works are arranged on a series of freestanding structures that were conceived by the architectural firm OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen as a display design for this exhibition. The raw aluminium profiles of these supports echo the aesthetics of the window frames.
Graziani’s photographs of the production sites are characterised by a cool, analytical view of the objects. His works ressemble industrial photography, but also show other references. They emphasise the attention to detail, the laboratory character and the craftsmanship that make up the manufacturing process. Graziani’s method is to first approach the product and then move away again: the object forms appear as if abstracted through the composition of the image, allowing for another level of observation. The use of existing light enables Graziani to look at things again and again: Almost all moments of contemplation are thereby equally decisive - according to Graziani.More about Picture Window Frame