AAP Magazine #7 - Wild

Nicolò Sertorio: (DIS)CONNECTED

Nicolò Sertorio: (DIS)CONNECTED
Nicolò Sertorio: (DIS)CONNECTED
Nicolò Sertorio in his portfolio 'DisConnected' explores different aspects of landscapes in a counterpoint of bridging the gap between opposites in our life. 'DisConnected' is Sertorio's fine art photography that reached the conceptual level of the essential idea of Sartrean Existentialism and philosophical principles of the New Escapism of contemporary art.

The driving force behind Nicolò Sertorio's fine art conceptual photography is his desire to evoke the metamorphosis in the physical reality of his paired landscapes. The humanist impulse liberates the photographer's sense of disenfranchisement that derives from the fundamental disconnect we have from the natural world and the social isolation that comes with it. In times of social networking and multiple virtual links, it also transformed the idea of human connection itself. American photographer Nicolò Sertorio in his portfolio 'DisConnected' explores different aspects of the landscapes in a counterpoint of bridging the gap between opposites in our life. 'DisConnected' is Sertorio's fine art photography that reached the conceptual level of the essential idea of Sartrean Existentialism and philosophical principles of the New Escapism of contemporary art. Through his power of perception and inner compass, Sertorio explores and observe broken landscapes as a counterpoint of bridging the gap between opposites in our life. The peaceful landscapes are the main and only subject of his paired images. There is no human figure or sudden movement. Pale grayish spaces awoke intensity of light in a perfect photographic moment. The object of his interest is multi-perspective visual storytelling, from destination and environmental issue to fine art and everything in between.

Nicolò Sertorio - A Dubious Legacy

© Nicolò Sertorio - A Dubious Legacy

As a photographer, Nicolò Sertorio wants to stay on the safe side of emotions, while he is open spiritual and philosophical. As much as Sertorio connected to his destinations, the driving force behind his work is his desire to evoke the changing nature of his landscapes; open spaces, deserts, forests, mountains or deep stone pits as open wounds on the soil. Sertorio is remarkable when it comes to pairing and manipulating different landscapes, as he folds the suggestion over a different combination of the scene. If we are speaking about pale images used to make the backlit gray and white landscapes the surface of the trees in the foreground, trails on the ground or piles of soil, his methods feel vintage and romantic, in spite of the fact that his reality is contemporary. Sertorio uses his paired photographs, shifting our focus between the subject matter and metaphysical beliefs. Working with a near-monochrome palette Nicolò Sertorio achieves effects we might associate with old faded images. In ''The Broken Promise of a Better Tomorrow'' (2017), he used the red plastic fence as a marker or landmark, to underline dramatic differences and dramas in the photography. In ''The Illusion of Control'' (2017) Sertorio is suggesting that reality is tempestuous and fragile, even when it seems calm and peaceful.

Nicolò Sertorio - Broken Horizons

© Nicolò Sertorio - Broken Horizons

Sertorio's recent works are influenced by Conceptual art. His role of eyewitness with camera is blessed and cursed at the same time. He accepts that fact with awareness and great responsibility. Basically, there is the impact of social and political influences in Sertorio's double images and paired landscapes, expressing his concerns at a global level. Sertorio uses the power of truth in a polite but still open and honest way. He seeks and finds beauty in the red plastic fence, dead ground, and dying trees. Also, he finds the greatness in the simple details of great moral dilemmas of human existence. Ergo, there is an uncovering human side in his ability to find the poetic and transcendent in the collective responsibility and sins of our parents and ourselves. His images are even more washed out and pale than before. The thing is that vanishing color is searching for visual purity and inner peace. It is the state of visuality that speaks from the personal point of view, with a slightly selfish human approach. It is all about us, our feelings, experiences, and mistakes. Sertorio is nostalgic and reflecting at the same time. He knows that the past is behind us and the future is where we go.

Sertorio's artistic statement and his art are honest, strong, open and poetic in the same time. There is a passage in Aldous Huxley's novel 'Island' on the human condition that goes before visual:

Science starts with observation, but the observation is always selective. You have to look at the world through a lattice of projected concepts. Then you take the moksha-medicine, and suddenly there are hardly any concepts. You don't select and immediately classify what you experience; you just take it in. It's like that poem of Wordsworth's, 'Bring with you a heart that watches and receives.
–Aldous Huxley ''Island''

Nicolò Sertorio - The Illusion of Control

© Nicolò Sertorio - The Illusion of Control

With little effort, we could discover his inner philosophical conversations and aesthetic pattern in his diptychs. It is his inner dialog between Europe and America, East and West, Mediterranean legacy and the West Coast. The fact being that Sertorio would describe it as the uncovering spiritual forces in his images 'based on the idea that the current sense of disenfranchisement derives from the fundamental disconnect we have from the natural world and the social isolation that comes with it'. That way he explains intention in his artistic statement. Nicolò Sertorio stands still on the fine edge between social documentary and conceptual art. In the world populated by conformism and aggression, his paired landscapes are searches for the peaceful wonders of the existence. And he hits at the very center.

Sertorio's approach to the subject is derived from the aesthetic and conceptual point of view. We could claim that Nicolò Sertorio could catch the basic (primordial) spirit of nature and environment. Also, his luminous landscapes, typical of Sertorio's ability to discover the poetic even in the most neglected and polluted place. He tends to find more positive human spirit suffused aside on the soil. On the other hand, the emphasis on Nicolò Sertorio conceptual fine art landscapes and melancholic intuitive beauty are the irreversible flows of life at inner level, merely transcendental amount of knowledge. It is metaphysical matter. His almost monochrome landscapes exist as a deeply personal spiritual journey. The main thing is that in his faded atmospheres we could find flaws of our emotional states of mind. In his critical state of mind, Sertorio recalls that all aspects of environment we know, in clear composition or unexpected counterpoints, could possess an austere beauty. Finally, it does not matter if the substance is of the natural or the artificial. All in all, it is about our feeling of deep respect and concern. It is about our future and our sufficiency because all human beings depend one on another. It is basic necessity.

References
Huxley, Aldous (1962; 2002) Island. English.
Harper Perennial Modern Cassics.
ISBN 13 9780060085490

Huxley, Aldous (1969) Otok. Croatian.
Zagreb, Zora.

Nicolò Sertorio - In or Out?

© Nicolò Sertorio - In or Out?

Nicolò Sertorio - Manufactured Perceptions

© Nicolò Sertorio - Manufactured Perceptions

Nicolò Sertorio - The Broken Promise of a Better Tomorrow

© Nicolò Sertorio - The Broken Promise of a Better Tomorrow

Nicolò Sertorio - Is Land Ownership Still Viable?

© Nicolò Sertorio - Is Land Ownership Still Viable?

Nicolò Sertorio - Marks

© Nicolò Sertorio - Marks

Nicolò Sertorio - Make Believe

© Nicolò Sertorio - Make Believe


  Nicolò Sertorio
David Bailey: SUMO
 
 

More Photography News

News
Overall winners revealed for 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
Overall winners revealed for 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
The World Photography Organisation today names the overall winners of the prestigious 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. The coveted Photographer of...
  Read More
News
Results of All About Photo Awards 2019 - The Mind
Results of All About Photo Awards 2019 - The Mind's Eye
It was a privilege and an honor to be one of the jurors for this new edition of All About Photo Awards 2019. First of all, I would like to thank...
  Read More
News
VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image
VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image
From May 9 - 11, the newly formed VII Academy, a project of the VII Foundation and partner of VII Photo Agency, will host a three-day festival of...
  Read More
News
The Cincinnati Art Museum acquires Nancy Rexroth
The Cincinnati Art Museum acquires Nancy Rexroth's archive
The Cincinnati Art Museum announces a landmark acquisition agreement to form The Nancy Rexroth Collection, which will bring together over 300 rare and...
  Read More
News
LACP: Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala
LACP: Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala
The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, will be hosting its annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday,...
  Read More
News
HOMELANDS: Life on the Edge of the South African Dream, photographs by Pieter De Vos
HOMELANDS: Life on the Edge of the South African Dream, photographs by Pieter De Vos
Homelands by Pieter de Vos (Daylight, June 2019) explores life in contemporary South Africa through the experiences of Donald Banda, a resident of an...
  Read More
News
Will Burrard-Lucas: The last images of the Elephant Queen
Will Burrard-Lucas: The last images of the Elephant Queen
British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, in partnership with Tsavo Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service, has photographed a remarkable female...
  Read More
News
Workshop with Henry Horenstein and Tianqiutao Chen
Workshop with Henry Horenstein and Tianqiutao Chen
PHOTO ROME is a two-week workshop focusing on improving your photography skills, honing your personal vision, and learning a bit about Roman history...
  Read More
News
Off The Clock Gala & Exhibition
Off The Clock Gala & Exhibition
APA Los Angeles is excited to announce the seventh annual Off The Clock curated exhibit of inspired personal photography. The exhibition is comprised...
  Read More
News
BOOK: Isa Leshko
BOOK: Isa Leshko 'Allowed to Grow Old'
Allowed to Grow Old is a dignified and affectionate portrait series of elderly animals living on farm sanctuaries. Prompted by an event in Leshko's...
  Read More
News
Summer Workshop 2019 with Arja Hyytiaainen
Summer Workshop 2019 with Arja Hyytiaainen
The five days homeworkshop at Pied Dore (16th July to 20th of July) situated on the countryside of Vendee, will focus on a ongoing project and/ or the...
  Read More
News
L
L'oeil Urbain Photographic Festival
At a time when negotiations for Brexit are more uncertain than ever, L'Œil Urbain will focus on the United Kingdom: Stéphane Duroy, Rip Hopkins, Matt...
  Read More
David Bailey: SUMO
 
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
AAP Magazine#7 Wild
 
Discover the 5th Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
The Jules Maeght Gallery is a contemporary art gallery who seeks to engage the San Francisco community by infusing European artists, young and established alike, into a diverse, multimedia dialogue.
 
TAKES U TO THE NEXT LEVEL
 
Since 2005, your guide through contemporary art from a French perspective to let you make exciting choices