Photo Stefano Cerio, texts by Gabriel Bauret and Angela Madesani
Our world is nothing else but appearances and replicas, standard, silicone, global sites and beauties. Our world is also obsessed with amusement, and we are all constrained to more leisure activities due to our additional free time. Stefano Cerio merges the two themes by studying the backstage of these venues. Theme parks have flourished all over the USA with mountains in plastic and resin, but not only. He also found them in France, in Italy, and in China. Cerio explores them out of season, at night, and delivers images that reflect deadly, solitary, and decaying atmospheres. Artificial trucks, artificial planes, artificial sky-scrapers at Gardaland in Verona, Coney Island, Cinecittà Park in Rome: in the era of virtual reality and of 3D printers, these venues have in spite of themselves a certain charm that is difficult to define or date. In comparison to the laser, cardboard has a poetic side all to itself.
Review published in the newsletter #472 - from 11 May 2017 to 17 May 2017