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AOSTABELLOSGUARDO – HYSTEROS+PALLIUM
We live only once, it is said, and while we live we born and we die who knows how many times: what if Humans could die and born again, for the last time. A question of energies, of transformation, of form and content in perpetual movement, prolific of new connections and suggestions. A question of geographic and temporal disorientation, of a narrative short circuit. A question of life and death: nothing is as it seems. As in a game of unfinished references, the viewer is led in an itinerary without precise mapping, neither spatial nor temporal, and is free to govern, or not, his own suggestions with new awareness: in a dimension of reality in which everything happens for the first time, photography is often a palliative experience, an apparent and temporary remedy. In fact, to understand the work it is necessary to suspend one’s own forms of pre-judgment and abandon oneself to that slight sense of indeterminacy: among those who are represented who works in which department? where are we exactly? Or rather: when are we exactly there?
AOSTABELLOSGUARDO is, in fact, a project about an artistic research that questions, to overcome it, the dualism life/death on the merit of the public hospital Beauregard of Aosta which hosts, at a distance of one floor from the other, two special departments, namely the Hospice, Residential Structure of Palliative Care, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Complex Structure of Obstetrics and Gynecology: at a distance of a few meters a cycle opens and closes, whatever this may ever means. The experience of life is in itself confusing and generates unexpected forms of meaning: it’s still the man who sooner or later defines. In this sense AOSTABELLOSGUARDO helps us to define once more the perimeter of our thinking towards themes such as palliative care, pain therapy, up to those always actuals such life end and therapeutic self-determination, but also those of pregnancy, abortion, birth, assisted procreation, till the themes related to language and memory. The research dedicated to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology takes the name of HYSTEROS, in the greek uterus, and together with the PALLIUM project, from the latin mantle, goes to compose the work.
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AOSTABELLOSGUARDO is a photo book by Alessio Zemoz. Edition of 300 copies, handmade finished. 52 pages + vinyl booklet. Digital print on Fedrigoni paper symbol Freely Gloss 350 g/mq + Arcoprint Milk 70gr. Photographs by Alessio Zemoz. Design, editing and layout by Alessio Zemoz. Produced by framedivision, Alexine Dayné and Alessio Zemoz. Texts by Alessio Zemoz. Languages: french, english and italian. Dimensions: 23×28,5 cm. Printed by Tipografia Valdostana in september 2019. ISBN: 979-12-200-2535-5.