Poetry. Art. Photography. Collaboration between Italian photographer Gianluca Muratori and American poet Martha Ronk. Various styles of photography, at first extremely formal, classic, then to deconstruction tending toward the abstract, which lends to an exploration of studium (the rational aspect) and punctum (the emotional aspect); and thus the precarious equilibrium of the two helps with reading the images. The collaboration rests on the premise that juxtaposition illuminates, complicates, and energizes both the written word and the photograph.
Martha Ronk is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently a book on photographs, Ocular Proof. Her collection, Transfer of Qualities, was longlisted for the National Book Award and named an NPR notable book in 2013. Vertigo (Coffee House), influenced by W. G. Sebald's work of the same name, was selected for the 2007 National Poetry Series. Her book, Silences, was published by Omnidawn in 2019. Her other books include ALCUNE NATURE MORTE OR THE GAME OF LIFE (Lithic Press, 2021), PATIALLY KEPT (Nightboat Books, 2012), and ALLEGORIES (ML & NLF, 1998).Gianluca Muratori was born in Formigine, near Modena, Italy. He began his career as a photographer in 1983, and since 1990 his photographs have been shown in personal and group shows in Bologna, Modena, Rimini, Paris and Rome. As a fashion and commercial photographer he has worked for Nike, Mandarin Duck, Armani, Stone Island, Maria Grazia Severi, Messori and Casucci, among others, as well as publishing his photos in various Italian and international magazines such as Vogue, Men's Health, Style, Corriere della Sera, Moda and Esquire. His photography has appeared in ALCUNE NATURE MORTE OR THE GAME OF LIFE (Lithic Press, 2021) and UNFOLDING SKY (Lithic Press, 2019). He lives and works in Modena.Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA