Lorenza Ippolito is an artist based in Brighton at Blank Studios, whose interests pivot around ideas relating to identity, belonging and nostalgia. She works with still and moving images to create pieces that look at the everyday whilst blurring the boundaries between fine art, photography and video.
In her moving image piece Questions and Answers Ippolito examines found objects, placing them in their traditional context and questioning their functions. Her interest lies in nostalgia and ownership, exploring the boundaries between found objects and the ‘objective’ subject, subverting their established meaning and detachment. By animating objects that have lost their use or whose design has been replaced and modified by more sophisticated devices, the artist questions the human relation with the past as an object or as waste as well as interrogating the nostalgia that drives capitalism towards fetishism.
Ippolito has an inquisitive relationship with her hometown, Bologna. She routinely returns to photograph the landscape, as in the project Bologna and in another piece Bologna Portraits, the artist investigates the concept of portraiture and identity through observing social situations. She intervenes with her camera taking long exposures during conversations. This has the effect of obscuring the identity of the portrayed, but at the same time captures vanishing gestures.
During her stay at Nottingham Trent University, the artist will continue to look at her relationship with her hometown. She intends to undertake research in the library and work with new images around similar themes as in Questions and Answers and the Bologna projects.