Patrizia Bonanzinga: Time Lag

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July 2 – September 25, 2016 | Patrizia Bonanzinga | Time Lag

Curated by Nicolas Havette and The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film

Arles, France Exhibition

Visions and texts: Patrizia Bonanzinga, a photographer and globetrotter, worked in Mozambique from 2006 to 2012.

Here, in work inspired by many meetings and documented with many negatives, she recounts her time in the former Portuguese colony. The leitmotif of this collection is a reflection on the theme of time: she uses photography to understand how time is skilled in countries that are poles apart.

Marta Dassù, a political scientist, writes in her introduction: – “We have to go faster”: Mozambique premier Aires Bonifacio Alì remarked in a single breath a few months ago. Faster: perhaps circular time, the time in which one day follows on from the other and they are all alike, is about to run out. And perhaps one of those poor countries on the African continent is now entering linear time, our kind of time, at its own speed. Can we kid ourselves that the clocks in Africa and in Europe can carry on showing a different time forever?

Silvana Turzio, a photo-historian and curator, writes: – This work brings us face to face with the clear and urgent need to experience diversity and to integrate it into our way of envisioning the world. Today, as we try to analyze and understand the complexity of the contemporary world, this kind of thinking takes on a new life: here it is clearly visible.

Bonanzinga’s photography moves without hesitation. Relationships between people, or relationships between those people and the land in which they live and die, are the most precious of lymph for her photographic project.

Her focus on human relationships is born also of a very specific desire to highlight the difference in the way time is experienced in cultures so distant from one another as the European culture and the culture of Mozambique. Photography, the means chosen to achieve this, makes it very difficult to describe that intention, yet the dominant feature in this work is the presence of people, of men, women, old folk and children who seem to abandon themselves to experiencing time in a manner that is poorly structured in social terms and perceived on a subjective plane.

Time Lag is a project presented in a form of a book, an exhibition, and a video. The video (8min) is assembled with a special cutting realised together with Davide Giorni.

Patrzia Bonanzinga
Patrizia Bonanzinga
Patrizia Bonanzinga (Balzano, Italy, 1954). Mathematician and photographer she has lived in many countries: Mexico, Algeria, USA, France, China, and Belgium. In Beijing (1995-1998), she focused her work only in photography. Her work has been shown in Italy, the United States, China, Russia, Poland, Spain, France, Belgium and Portugal. Her photos are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Italy, the MAXXI National Museum of Arts of XXI century, Italy, the House of Photography of Moscow, Russia, the Training and Documentation Centre Ricardo Ranger, Mozambique, the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Italy, the Basso Foundation, Italy, and also in private collections. She develops her work in two different planes: on the one hand, she travels to sensitive areas, with a clear intent to convey a message; on the other, she questions the relationship between photography and reality by building medium-format digital photos where she dissects and reassembles her images, forging yet another, different kind of reality.


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