Maurizio Vetrugno


A series of small landscape photographs, which appeared to be three-dimensional because they were taken with a trifocal camera, were on display in Maurizio Vetrugno’s recent show. His images of rocky vistas and desolate moors weren’t particularly captivating in themselves, and this viewer’s initial impulse, faced with a stream of mundane, unidentifiable scenes, was to try to invent a narrative while groping for possible points of reference. Only through the artist’s direct intervention, however, could the motivation behind the images be grasped.

In a letter also on display in the gallery, Vetrugno explained a number of things about the pictures: he had chosen the desolate landscape depicted (Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands) while reading Frank Herbert’s science-fiction saga Dune; he was listening to an album by the band Cluster when he shot the images; and throughout this period he was

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