Alexandra’s personal approach to her work has caught the attention of international music, fashion and life-style magazines. Shooting glossy photo features is, however only one facet of Alexandra’s work. The exhibition “Inner Exposure” brings to light Alexandra’s deepest, hidden creative processes; processes which result in highly intimate, analogue pieces of work straddling the boundary between photography and art.
In 1955 Walter Benjamin said: “For the first time in the process of pictorial reproduction, photography freed the hand of the most important artistic functions which henceforth devolved only upon the eye looking into a lens”. However, Alexandra Waespi ‘s work goes beyond this concept, indeed born in the eye but it cannot come to life without the presence of the hand.
Using light sensitive materials, Alexandra develops her personal work in small-format. Her images are developed in the darkroom, often on expired and found photographic paper. Out of the dark, these images are manipulated in a variety of ways.
This development process exposes a subconscious transformation. Whether in the form of hand-made diaries, hand colored prints or scanner manipulations, the portrayal of the fleeting moment shifts into another dimension. These impressionistic pieces bring an emotional element to light and examine various aspects of contemporary society.
Waespi’s work has always been strongly related to the cities in which she has lived: Toronto, New York, Berlin and London. This is the aspect that will be explored in the Gallery’s project room, transformed for the occasion into a darkroom. Here the artist will develop a series of photos dedicated to Rome, a city she has never visited before. In the intimacy of her darkroom, a setting of creation and liberation for Alexandra, she will develop a series of photographs dedicated to the first encounter of an artist with a city.