Internet sales portals serve as the starting point for Luciano Rigolini’s newest book.
Under the search headings “private” and “used,” the Swiss artist compiles pictures of private sellers who have photographed themselves with their used clothes, nylon stockings, shoes, underwear.
private/used meanders playfully between self-portrait, orchestration and discovered photographs. Rigolini has created a subjective collection of photos from the overabundance of images available on the Internet. These photos, through their imagery of signs, gestures and poses, flirt with the erotic and fetishistic. The undoctored pictures elude elegant erotic stereotypes and common codes of conventional photography.
Far from a sociological approach, Rigolini’s presentation shakes up our understanding of photographic intimacy and invites the viewer to embark on a wondrous journey in which photographs, removed from their original context, succeed in transcending reality.