The Impossible Humans project aims at reviving and reinterpreting in a contemporary social key the action of Andy Warhol, who immortalized artists and celebrities who have become cultural icons.
Communication describes a state, place, being real and nonpareil. Interpretation is then needed from the observer: what do you see when you look at someone’s portrait without knowing anything about him or her? And going further: what do you see when you put side by side more portraits of these strangers? What takes place and shape in the observer’s mind? This is what creates a reality. It might not be the same one for everyone – but it is one nonetheless. Not only we all observe reflections of ourself in every person, but what we observe can hugely help us in understanding our true nature. According to quantum physics theories, the observer is part of what is observed. If there is no observation, there is no existence. Because deep observation is an act of love, we can use the people we frame in our photographs to reach a better understanding of our own selves and the reality we live in.
The main goal of the Impossible Humans project is to focus on the single person in order to enhance uniqueness and singularity, harmoniously placing the subject in her or his own environment, following the key component of the mindset that carried the European culture from the Middle Ages to Renaissance blossoming. In short, the idea is to portray individuals detached from mass standards, in an attempt of cataloguing divisions created by social, cultural and religious identities. To place the single person in a perfectly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment. The non-verbal communication that involuntary facial expressions can convey is used in some of these portraits to highlight the emotional state of the portrayed for the observer. Humans communicate because they just can’t help doing it, and communication holds details about each and every human.
The Impossible Humans project is made of 2 integral parts.
Photoshoots held in clubs or public spaces where people showing interesting or peculiar features are photographed using Impossible instant analog films and Polaroid or digital cameras. The best amongst these photographs are then added to a collection shared online by the New Era Museum and its subsidiaries. In addition real-world exhibitions will be held in a number of Art Galleries and other venues in the cities around the world. Here, curated selections of photographs taken during the the photoshoots will be shown in the form of original works, prints and enlargements. Over 250 photographers from all over the world are contributing to the collection that will form the exhibitions. Selections are also taking place through the Impossible Humans Facebook Page, where photographers can submit their own works for consideration.
During the real-world exhibitions further shooting sessions will be held, where more people will be portrayed by present photographers. Selected shots will also be added to the comprehensive Impossible Humans collection. The end of the Impossible Humans round of events is planned for the end of 2017. The release of a special photo-book will then follow, featuring a specially curated final selection of international artists and their works archived in the collection. A photography project promoted by NEM – New Era Museum, in technical partnership Impossible and Native Instruments. Galleries and venues interested in being part of the project are welcome. Please get in touch via the official Facebook page at. Impossible Humans is an idea of Andrea Bigiarini, digital and analog artists, founder of the NEW ERA MUSEUM, President of the FIPA Florence International Photography Awards.
IMPOSSIBLE HUMANS PAST EVENTS:
- FLORENCE - FIPA Florence International Photography Awards - Italy, June 2015
- OFFENBACH - Germany, August 2015
- FLORENCE - The Manduca Happening - Italy September 2015
- FLORENCE - FQFF Florence Film Queer Festival Impossible Humans Shooting - Nov 14th - Teatro Odeon
- FLORENCE - Impossible Humans "The Renaissance People Shooting" - Dec 5th Galleria Turchi
- ROME - Impossible Humans "Ah! The Unexpected Happening" - New Era Museum and Pollock Project - Mar 12th 2016 - Auditorium Roma