The interior of an old empty house; beyond opaque windows, probably, an abandoned farm. The rooms have grey, cold, naked walls, they seem to sleep without a dream. But then someone enters the dull memory of this antique house and starts to daydream, walking here and there in the empty rooms. Here would be a perfect room for the children, with many toys and pastel green furniture; There could be a kitchen with red cupboards; On the right, a storage closet with wine boxes; And here in the back, the living room with books and lights and pictures… The house comes alive with colours and starts to breathe. Many of us spontaneously play this fantasy game when we happen to walk in these mysterious abandoned houses, but then we go out and everything is soon forgotten…
Giulio Cerocchi stays instead: he photographs the deserted rooms in black and white; Then he builds what he had imagined by using many small colourful furniture pieces and placing them here and there, giving life to a new, cheerful, possible house. All these pieces are cut and placed on a magnetic support, and they can be moved by the observers, so that everyone can recreate the house of their dreams. The photograph is no more considered as a simple object to contemplate, it becomes a mobile collage, an invitation to play and to stimulate fantasy.
Cerocchi is always ready to experiment new possibilities of the photographic language, and here he gives life to a space that is almost three-dimensional. A space where the observer, too, becomes discoverer and uses creativity. This is an ‘interior design game’, where fantasy can flow free without the restrictions of rationality or judgement. It is also a ‘watching game’, where we see an antique, still house becoming the backdrop of a new life theatre.
Gigliola Foschi, Reviewer