Curated by: Nathalie Herschdorfer
The Sozzani Foundation presents for the first time in Italy the "Silver Lake Drive" exhibition in which the photographer and director Alex Prager combines ten years of work. The exhibition is curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle in Switzerland.
Prager's work is cinematic and draws inspiration from her surroundings, personal experiences, street photography, pop culture and movies. Apply a series of stylistic elements that recall film noir, thrillers, melodrama and detective stories. Women are often the protagonists of his work, driven by emotion.
Through the use of saturated colors and a vaguely familiar imagery, Prager is able to recreate his own original world in which he explores dark themes in a seductive and disturbing way.
Its roots come from the photographic tradition of William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, masters in the art of “freezing” an indefinable moment of everyday life. Prager's work consists of impressive sets and large-format images in saturated colors. His photographs can be seen as single-frame narratives that capture enigmatic stories defined within the limits of the frame. His works are characterized by the absence of a linear narrative.
Los Angeles, where Prager was born, is both the inspiration and background for many of her works, such as Polyester (2007), Week-end (2010) and Compulsion (2012). Although his images seem to capture fleeting moments, they are actually preceded by a laborious production process. For the film Face in the Crowd (2013), for example, Prager employed a team of more than 150 people, as well as 350 extras and a collection of props that the artist has been collecting for twelve years. His film La Grande Sortie , is composed of photographs and images of films shot against the backdrop of the Opera Bastille in Paris. The series takes the viewer on a journey through the emotions that the étoile (Émilie Cozette) perceives during the dance - from an initial stoic steadfastness to panic. The film is a tribute to a reality that is both common and imaginary, always inherent in cinema and theater.