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“Exposure”, DVD, dur.20', 2003

Exposure is a reference both to exposure to prying eyes in a public space and to the amount of time film is exposed to light for realty to be burnt onto it.

Shots of people sitting in cars as they wait at traffic lights play on four monitors placed in a line.

Exposure is a site of transfer, temporary pause and continuous movement, where the subject shares space with lots of others who are automatically shunted forwards by the next one.

What takes place really concerns the communication of an exposed surface as if the invisible boundaries that surround our bodies were there to establish just the right distance necessary to afford a better look at the world.

I am interested in working with the idea of privacy as a process through which people allow themselves to become either more or less accessible: its a real struggle to define the legislative boundaries.

Each work is made up of a large number of pieces, single spaces and people with their own particular emotional presence.

The faces are not simple portraits: caught off-guard, they question the image as they shift their glance towards the camera filming them. This interrogation challenges the viewer, who in turn becomes involved in this looking game. In this way a dialectic relationship is set up, which oscillates imperceptibly between the person acting out the scene and the viewer.

Behind the transparent division of the car window ‹ an ambiguous boundary delimiting public and private dimensions ‹ the car’s interior opens up to the outside, and the subjects react within its confined limits, somewhere between intimacy and exposure, isolation and revelation.

Like a display window, a frontier or a television screen open to the world.

Chiara Pirito


Chiara Pirito lives and works in Turin
2003 Intenational program UNIDEE in residence, CITTADELLARTE, Fondazione Pistoletto
1997-2000 Diploma, National School of Photography, France, Arles
1996-97 Study at the University of Letters and Philosophy, Turin
Solo exhibitions
2003 Exposure, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Turin
Group exhibitions
2003 A+A, Venezia
(forthcoming) Prague Biennale, Prague
  Mulhouse 003, Mulhouse
  Quadriennale, Turin
  UNIDEE, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
2002 Festival della Filosofia, Palazzo dei Musei, Modena
  Periscopio, Palazzo delle Stelline, Milano
  Fermata Provvisoria, Salone del Libro, Torino
2001 Contemporanea Firenze, Astor, Firenze
  Menotrenta, Museo Civico A. Olmo, Savigliano
  Quotidiana, Museo Civico al Santo, Padova
  Pubblico/Privato, Proposte, Galleria S. Filippo, Torino
2000 Presentations, Galerie du cloitre, Rennes
  Quatre lieux de la ville, Galerie Arena, Arles
First prize, European competition Contemporanea Firenze (president of the jury Sergio Risaliti)
First prize, national competition Menotrenta


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