© Giovanni Ambrosio
O’ VASCIO – ROOM GALLERY
SOMMA VESUVIANA (ITALY) - 2020
Us Soli is a documentary photography project on the archeology of the present, but it’s also intended as tool to investigate the ability of photography to convert noises into signals.
Ruin and phantasm. Archaeology works through remains and vestiges; bits remaining of the past as well as traces or tracks, impacts, footprints, imprints. It deals in a past which is not so much over and done, no longer present, as both present in ruins and remains and uncannily non-absent phantasms, hauntingly present.
Signal from noise.
And more: the archaeological imagination is all about our shared creative agency. We are part of what we seek to understand, are part of the past, are part of the world in its constant creative remaking of itself. The Archaeological Imagination, Michael Shanks, Stanford University
Draft: for The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination, edited by Anna Abraham, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.