Luisa Lambri

Castello di Rivara

Luisa Lambri’s photographs depict enclosed spaces and interior architectural details, describing not so much places where people live and work, as spaces that link rooms to each other and to the outside—corridors, stairways, and other places of passage. Rather than environments designed for specific activities, these are simply zones through which to travel. In Lambri’s work, they are invariably deserted, creating a sense of apprehension.

We have become accustomed to spending our lives in buildings that have a blank, ambiguous appearance, and Lambri chooses sites that are particularly banal and commonplace: long corridors seen in perspective and punctuated by windows; spacious, anonymous rooms; steps that rise up or rush downward; and entryways to more or less elegant buildings, containing a sporadic chair or table. She injects a sense of unease into familiar kinds of urban architecture:

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