‘The saliva replaces the seminal fluid in many cultures, used as magical element that can cure and fecundate through the single contact. Since it comes from the mouth and preserves the vital energy, it is often associated to the essence of the breath and the soul.’
(Craveri E. Michela,Intrecci di culture, 2008)
The photographic archive is an element that always belongs to the past; it grows old with us, it is part of ourselves but it slowly builds up a gap between our memories and the present time. The inclusion of saliva (a fluid certifying identity) on the photographic surface, creates a layer of contingent “presence” archive, attempting to ‘cure’ the fallacious nature of memory and to ‘fecundate’ its connection with our current time. Saliva is thus the glue which keeps together two dimensions: the motionless time of photography and the contingency of identity. ,an intimate reappropriation of the family
Federica Landi is an Italian visual artist working mainly in photography.
She got a BA in Visual Art with a specialization in etching at the Academy of Fine Art of Florence and a MA in fine art photography at London College of Communication. Beside participating in several group exhibitions in Europe, USA and Uk, her work has been published by the online PhotoVogue Italy, and magazines such as FSTOP, SOURCE, DER GRIEF, DUST and many others.
Federica was part of the selected artists exhibited in the London Underground during the Diamond Jubilee 2012, and she is also one of the members of the lens based, artist led project Uncertain States. In 2012 Federica joined the photographic agency Millennium Images as manager of the fine art /print sale department.
Besides covering the role of curator and organizer of exhibitions (London and Paris), Federica is in charge of the international photography competition, exhibition and award Peaches & Cream with the aim of discovering and supporting emerging talents.