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LULA RICARDI – HOTEL 66
The production of Lula Ricardi transits between several media and supports, investing in the research of various languages (stamp, object, installation and collage), yet it is with the exercise of photography that it reaches the most powerful and poetic results. Moved by restlessness and the need to displace his field of work and his means of expression, the artist does not consider himself a photographer, facing photography as another visual resource that he can apply to his work to establish a dialogue to the world. However, his photographic production has grown and increased over the last four years, with the development of different series which were dedicated to investigating specific plastic and conceptual issues: the action and the human marks on space, the ruins caused by time, the relations between body and place – the body and the flesh, the awakening and the solitude.
Now with Hotel 66, Lula Ricardi puts photography at the center of his research, deepening his gaze, assuming a rigorous work methodology and producing images of intense plasticity and conceptual interest. Facing photography as a platform that allows him to perceive, to relate and to interpret the world, Ricardi combines the aesthetic concern with the documentary record, and thus, integrates himself to the expressive segment of contemporary production, which operates by redefining the conceptual contours of this category of photography. What he presents are images whose documentary aspects attest to the poetic subject of historical character, they are records of almost marginal places, made to be seen at night, chosen amid the chaos of the “paulista“ urban landscape.