The past forty years of Italian news reports in the faces of the people left behind.
Alberto Gandolfo's photographs are informal and spontaneous portraits, images based on the incessant act of remembering that appear new and alive, visual forms of resilience whwrein individual memory becomes general.
These figures, who welcome the camera into their spaces and consent to the author’s requests, show traces of a not-so-distant past, marked by indescribable pain. They also show signs of the present, characterised by actions incessantly geared towards the search for the truth.
Their legacies from hidden become visible, from shadows they become living flesh. And these faces of existences – experienced first as witnesses and then as active subjects – restore the possibility of making contact with a history that is our own as well as contemporary.
These lives resurface from anonymity as images of mainly unknown faces, now permanently visible and fixed on the small-format photographic film, which has changed from a minimal object into a medium pregnant with meaning, wherein the absences of the people who are no longer with us and the presences of those left behind coexist.