For her own imaginary landscapes the young Italian photographer Giovanna Petrocchi (1988) is inspired by surrealist paintings, virtual realities and ancient cultures. An important feature of Giovanna’s photographic based work is to juxtapose futuristic and primordial scenarios. Influenced by museum displays and catalogues, Giovanna creates her own collection of surreal contemporary artefacts and finds the fitting counterpart in archeological objects. Under her hands some archival images are presented untouched, while others are dismembered or combined with new limbs or partners. Objects become unrecognisable and meanings fragment; presented as floating entities they belong to neither specific time or museum.
In this way Giovanna is questioning the idea that cultures can be contained by national boundaries and institutions. Under her guidance cultures and traces of cultures seem to present themselves in constant flux, subject to transformative processes of migration and exchange.