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"The incandescent metal, the fire glowing, the tools rattling and the astonishing ability of the matter to be moulded into any shape, persuaded the ancient Greeks to believe that not everything could be made by man, but was forged by a God, Hephaestus. But forging metals became key at the beginning of the industrial revolution, when factories were a metaphor of progress.

The 1909 futurist Manifesto declared "We shall sing the nocturnal vibrating incandescence of arsenals and shipyards, ablaze with violent electric moons. The factories hanging from the clouds on the entangled strings of their fumes."

However, when the flurry of activity at Trafilerie san Paolo became Lucrezia Roda's subject, her inspiration was a contemporary one. Her approach to photography is a combination of emotion and science, the glowing rattle thus turned into the very spirit and not just the mirror of her work. Driven by intuition, Lucrezia Roda regarded the factory as the place where the mysterious charm of transformation becomes tactile. Metal becomes incandescent and softly shifts from formlessness to a definite shape, changing colors, patterns, and reflecting or absorbing light.

Lucrezia Roda's lens lingers on seemingly unimportant details – a raft of metal parts covering a surface, dozens of nuts and bolts that look like a beehive – and transforms them into tangible matter. This photographer leads us through this labyrinth made of metal bars and thread, our eyes wander within the magical tangles and the square shapes. Even the metal wire on whose surface light creates fascinating multicoloured effects, catches our look thanks to the captivating movement created by such perfection. Wire rods, bars, furnaces, pools, and machinery shrouded in fumes and vapor are all essential ingredients to make one final product. Photography, then, is the means by which the myth of Hephaestus is told. Being born in the industrial revolution, its role is to portray the charm of modernity, in this case in the most conscious of manners."

Roberto Mutti

Steel-life

Giclée print on baryta paper, mounting on plexiglas® 3mm

5 + II A.P.

Different formats within the same edition

50x75cm, 70x105cm, 90x135cm.

Certification of authenticity and printing


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