Horizons


2019

Horizons


2019

Horizons is a body of work produced as my first experiments to do color photography in the darkroom. The series participated in the exhibition A Grain in the Eye of the Mountain at the MARSO Foundation in late 2019 and early 2020. The show explored the poetic possibilities of the work of Daniela Libertad and me in relation to a series of conversations we had together with Leslie Moody Castro. Among many other things we talked about the container as a symbol that unfolds the materiality of the work.

This series of works was created using the velvet edge of a 35mm photographic film container. The horizon in the images is generated by the velvet edge of the photographic film magazine. In the darkroom, I enlarged the images using color filters in front of the enlarger lens to build a space with multiple color exposures.

I’m interested in the poetics of the edge, the horizon, the limit and the container and how photography can be a tool that helps us to observe ourselves. The work unfolds from the photographic materiality, also generating a landscape and in turn reminds me of the blink of an eye. I like to think these pieces remind us how powerful it is to take a step back and observe ourselves, observing.

Fabiola Menchelli, Horizon IV, 2019, Archival pigment print, 44 x 55 in
Fabiola Menchelli, Horizon III, 2019, Archival pigment print, 44 x 55 in
Fabiola Menchelli, Horizon II, 2019, Archival pigment print, 44 x 55 in
Fabiola Menchelli, Horizon I, 2019, Archival pigment print, 44 x 55 in
Fabiola Menchelli, Shut Eye, 2019, Archival pigment print, five 11x14in prints