Diachronicles is an examination of the historical space, regarded as a fictional container where an apparent collection of evidences opens up to the fantastic. In this space, the attempt to reconstruct the past falls into phantasmal gaps, where things are generated, used, buried, unearthed, transported, and relocated. This nomadic and fragmentary nature of what has been left behind, reveals how the movement, transfiguration, and misinterpretation of objects shape historiography and ultimately, the real. In the impossible search of academic legitimation, the viewer is invited into a world where the factual and the fake overlap. The work addresses the leading role archaeology and the museum space play in a historical narrative, using the human body to suggest scale and as a means to display objects. Furthermore, Diachronicles digs into a parallel history, filled with poetic figures to encode nonexistent artefacts and forgeries hidden in museums basements.
Giulia Parlato is an Italian artist based in London, exploring through photography the meanings of history, myths, and object-hood. Her work is influenced by the Arab-Norman Sicilian heritage and aesthetics and Aby Warburg’s studies on the history of art. She graduated in photography from the London College of Communication in 2016 and from the MA at the Royal College of Arts in 2019. Her work was recently exhibited at Gare Du Nord, during Paris Photo as one of the 4th recipients of Carte Blanche Étudians 2019. Giulia’s first solo show will open this March at Palazzo Rasponi 2 in Ravenna, Italy.