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Christian Niccoli - Lost in Perception

Category: Portrait 23. December 2008

The work of the Italian artist Christian Niccoli traces the social mental state of the urban beings of our time. The discourse is over a generation of young adults who have fled their country roots, who have been trained to fight their way through life alone, who are always ready to do their best, but who are secretly oppressed by the question of who will take care of them if something goes wrong.

What is common to them is also what sets them apart. The isolation of those whose existence is based on flexibility and openness, which even though they share with others, does not unite them with others, and in the end only puts them in a position in which they are compared with and played off one another.

In his photography and video work, Christian Niccoli documents, but he does not make documentaries. He captures inconsistencies and points out structural determinded tensions in our way of life. In his works, communalities are always shown as something individual, something that must be realized by actual individuals, even when they stem from general sociological conditions. The pressure that results from having to individually work through and deal with structural changes such as the neo-capitalist deformation of working conditions produces tension in real life, as well as in his art.

Christian Niccoli, who grew up in the Badia Valley and studied arts in Vienna, Milan, and Florence, lives and works in Berlin. (wh/jn)

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