The Floating Polaroid

The title refers to Christo's famous installation, The Floating Piers made in 2016 on Lake Iseo. We are confronted with a work of art within a work of art, seen through the eyes of Alexander's amazement.

The Floating Polaroid series, grew out of Alexander's obsession with Christo and his massive land art installations. 

Alexander, Artist

When I heard about the installation on the Iseo I didn't think about it for a second, I immediately booked two train tickets and started to read up on it, I wanted to know everything. 

Chiara, Onstream Gallery

By 2016 Alex had already started experimenting with Polaroids. After taking the photos, he would delete details, trying to breathe new life into his landscapes and images. 

In fact, his artworks are the result of the artist's intervention on the photos. 

Fading memories through places that blur with details, through people that blur with spaces-Alessandro D'Aquila invites us to reconstruct his memory, in a place that, without details, is everyone's Place.

Alexander, Artist

I've always wanted to be able to interact with Christo's installations in the same way I used to intervene on my synthetic landscapes, and when the opportunity presented itself, I didn't want to miss it. I immediately thought I wanted to intervene in the installation, but in my own way: to experience it, take it home, modify it and give it a new life. 

Chiara, Onstream Gallery

And that is how The floating Polaroid was born.  

Alex spent several days on Lake Iseo and took nearly 30 photos, looking for the perfect angle each time. 

The Polaroid is a representation of a moment, an instant, and Alex wanted to use it on a 'artwork like The Floating Piers designed to have a limited life, its own time: it is precisely with this short circuit, as the artist defines it, that he wanted to revive Christo's installation in people's memories. 

Alexander, Artist

Basically, I think I interpreted Christo's will in my own way: he always created art designed to live only in people's memories, and what better than a Polaroid to make that memory live forever?