BENEDETTA RISTORI | ROME, ITALY
Benedetta Ristori, 28 years, is a freelance photographer currently based in Rome,Italy. Her work is focus on the tension that exists between a form – such as a human head or a square – and the space which it both occupies and is contained by. Crucial concepts of her stylistic research: decadence, abandonment, emptiness and new approach to classic beauty. In 2014 is interviewed by the magazine Vanity Fair – Style.it in the Emerging Photographers section. In 2015 Benedetta is one of the finalist of the ‘Next Photographer Award’ by D&AD in partnership with Getty Images. In 2016 one photo of her project “Lay Off” is the winner of the People category in the 16th Smithsonian Magazine photo contest. The same year her project “Lay Off” is selected by Vogue Italia for the photographic section Photostories. The series ‘East’ is published on It’s Nice That, Freunde Von Freunden, The Space Magazine, The Calvert Journal and others. In 2017 is one of the 100 creatives chosen to represent the Lazio region in the enterprise “Lazio Creativo 2017”.
What is your work about?
EAST is a ‘on the road’ journey through the countries of the Balkan Peninsula. The project aims to explore the relationship between the past and present of these nations and show how the past may influence or interact with the world today.
A particular focus is given to countries which until 2006 were part of Yugoslavia and is immortalized what remains of his socialist period, a period that has left in these lands significant traces of relations with the Soviet Union.
In the project also have been immortalized some ‘Spomenik’.
The “Spomenik” memorials are reminders of bloody battles and thousands of deaths in the concentration camps. They were part of the celebratory program of the Yugoslav government, in an attempt to show the strength of the Socialist Republic through a strong visual impact.
The project was developed over three years, and is still ongoing. The starting point was the study of the history of these countries, and especially the period from the 80s to today. The nations that you see portrayed until today are Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Serbia.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
I think the use of the film in my art practice is mainly due to the use of color. The yield of the film color for my work has no equal. Apart from being an aesthetic choice is also a choice of working methodology. Concentration on the technique and parsimonious selection of shots I think it gives a greater sense to the work done.