Caroline Lopez

Wild Nights

For 4 years, I’ve been engaged on a photographic artwork e-book entitled “The Wild Nights” and now because of crowdfunding it has been printed by the Italian publishing home Self Self Books. Angela Madesani, well-known within the Italian artwork world, wrote the next textual content.
Caroline Lopez

“The Wild Nights” by Carolina Lopez reviewed by Angela Madesani

If there has at all times been little curiosity in creating classes, there was even much less in our historic interval. To method ‘Wild Nights of Carolina Lopez, we should eliminate all creative and social prejudice. His work requires a complete 360 diploma immersion in a world that represents for me a discovery. Once I first noticed these images within the artist’s residence in Milan, whereas chatting and having a cup of tea, I used to be amazed. At that second I noticed that I knew nothing about this a part of the world. What impressed me at first had been the robust, exasperated colours, the our bodies, so loudly dressed.

What does it speak about? Reportage? Social survey? Portrait? Does it actually matter? What counts is the outcome, what stays within the eyes after having plunged into these pictures full of colours, most frequently flat, highly effective, excessive, generally vulgar.

The place are we? Budapest, Prague, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles. The photographs are accompanied by captions, finding them geographically shouldn’t be so vital. Every {photograph} began from a kind of deadly attraction. Carolina attends a number of events, individuals invite her, she will get invited. She does this together with her cameras, she insinuates herself into these human canvases that she likes, the place she feels completely comfy. Burlesque, stripteases, presumably false pleasure, alleged disappointment. Every of his pictures exudes an exasperated, grotesque, noisy ambiance. It is as if these pictures, filled with particulars, triggers, may talk to the deafening sound of those locations.

To contemplate Carolina as a easy observer can be a mistake: she takes pictures from the viewpoint of a peer, of a protagonist of those evenings. On this sense, his work is specific, surreal.

His perspective refers extra to that of Nan Goldin than to that of Martin Parr. His nights are wild animals, savage. Her gaze is that of an insider, deeply dedicated. An “anti-journalist” look. Like when she photographed the ladies of Istanbul from behind. In fact, she was not of this world on this case, however her curiosity was most likely not a documentary kind curiosity. Then Berlin, the place she lived for a yr and a half and the place she ardently loved the nightlife.

Completely different in every place and, to some extent, recognizable. Extra refined in Paris, garish within the nations of the East, fashionable in Milan, the place Carolina enjoys the various evenings of the style world.

Carolina, captivated with these occasions, which considerably evoke the splendid events of Trimalchio fashion described by Petronius in his Satyricon two thousand years in the past, this decadence of morals, which was remodeled into pictures within the movies of Italian administrators Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini. It is the over-the-top world, with the identical exasperated colours, mutatis mutandis, of the photographic work of Carolina. She witnesses a society with out obvious sorrow, paraphrasing the thinker Byung Chul Han. She witnesses a world the place grief is dulled, numbed, to fake it would not exist. A narcissistic world of individuals clad in cosmetic surgery, in costume, who don’t settle for demise, the place demise is nonetheless dominant in a state of affairs of egocentric eroticism. “I observe very superficial environments, dominated by consumption, which I nonetheless deconstruct with my very private means of seeing issues. I create fragmented and really shut views”[1].

A few of the pictures are out of doors footage, largely shot in Las Vegas, the place individuals, particularly ladies, stroll the streets virtually bare with utterly hairless our bodies. Nobody turns to take a look at them, there is similar naturalness that we discover in Carolina’s gaze, accustomed to those universes.

His work is strongly influenced by his coaching. She studied portray in Colombia, her nation of origin, then moved to Italy, to Florence, the place she continued her research in portray on the Academy of Superb Arts. She labored with and on robust colours, which introduced her again to her primitive tradition, she painted portraits, landscapes. It was then that she started finding out pictures on the Worldwide Faculty of Arts Santa Reparata in Florence.

The means are much less vital than the top, nevertheless it’s as if Carolina had metabolized all her previous experiences to reach at this collection of robust and considerably brave works, which even stage themselves in sure pictures.

In every of her pictures, her Latin American tradition is obvious, as is her distinctive character, which units her aside within the atmosphere the place she works. On this sense, his work is exclusive, specific. The distinction is in his viewpoint. Carolina is an observer of pictures, a curious lady who insinuates herself into occasions.

The protagonists of just about all his footage are ladies; their faces fairly often don’t seem within the photograph, or in the event that they do, they don’t seem to be recognizable. They’re nocturnal escapes, escapes from existence.

I’ve already written that his viewpoint in his statement is from the within, however, on the similar time, it’s as if we’re confronted with a type of social biopsies, small core samples, in the hunt for particulars able to representing the totality. In lots of of those pictures we are able to grasp the punctualquoting Roland Barthes, who pierces our creativeness, our gaze, who captures our consideration and influences our studying: the strap of a bustier, the element of a leotard, the fantasy of an unimaginable costume.

Listening to his description of the way it works is fascinating: “If I hear that there’s an occasion that pursuits me, I attempt to speak to the organizers, asking them if I can movie freely. I used to be by no means advised no. Typically, everybody on this world is joyful to indicate up, to be shot. If it bothers them, they only inform me and I do not take any footage. Many contributors are buddies, or change into buddies over time, others are evening leisure professionals. Girls love being photographed by me, as a result of they love the best way I have a look at their female nature and the way I translate it into pictures. I reassure them, I’m not a voyeur. A few of them even supply to pose for me.[2]. The dialogue, the dialog precedes every shot. Carolina would not wish to steal something.

She is impressed by wagers, jumpsuits, gloves, tights, which deliver her again to different eventualities, generally picturesque, generally evoking the sadomasochistic universe of Robert Mapplethorpe, a really revered artist, but additionally a type of historical Japanese artwork, a type of eroticism of the fluctuating world. Right here too, the our bodies fluctuate with out essentially giving which means to their actions.

As I’ve written earlier than, reference is usually made to the grotesque features of Burlesque, a creative style whose origins date again to nineteenth century England.e century, and which has now change into fashionable in our society manufactured from extra, selfies and narcissism of all types. It is the need to shock, and Carolina likes to be shocked.

The topics of his photographs are largely younger ladies, but additionally time-worn ladies, whose make-up is sort of at all times extreme, making the most of the chance to be photographed. The sexual references are numerous. The images present only a few males and some transgenders. The spontaneity with which the Colombian artist manages any circumstance is fascinating: no ethical judgment ever emerges, even within the face of essentially the most uncomfortable conditions. There isn’t any caricatural intention, even when this world lends itself to it.

I wish to higher perceive these worlds of which I do know nothing and that I see in his images. Why do individuals attend these occasions? Are they having enjoyable? All the things appears very distant to me. That is the primary time that I overview such a pictures. The reason is way deeper than it appears. Folks attend these occasions as a result of they’re attracted by the style, the characters who arrange them, possibly to inform everybody about it, to take selfies.

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, together with his “Harmful Liaisons” from the 18th century, shouldn’t be that far behind. The one distinction is that the atmosphere is extra democratic right here, at the very least on the floor. Being in these locations is proof of present in a world to which many aspire, at the price of exposing themselves to ridicule. However is it even vital?

In a single photograph, an ass worthy of modern underwear commercials of the 80s is proven. No Photoshop enhancing, it is solely pure, even as a result of the topic is a minor whose job is to spend total nights in a sq. to be admired and photographed. She’s a Playboy bunny. I wish to cry. Such melancholy.

Much more, the Milanese homosexual membership the place lesbians and gays are extra lovely than ever. We’re letting go of the hateful stereotypes of only a few years in the past. Sexuality is liquid, it additionally fluctuates. So why ought to we outline genres? Identical to in artwork.

Angela Madesani

[1] C. Lopez in dialog with the author, Milan, November 2021.

[2] As above.

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