Berlin-based Italian artist Daniela Comani’s new book Sunsets captures 32 images of her photographic series OFF . With painstaking precision she probes that ever-present device for the reproduction of moving images—the television set—but in “off” mode. Turned off, TV sets seem dead, yet they serve as surfaces for viewers to project their own fears and fantasies onto. Comani (b. 1965) doesn’t merely take pictures of inactive TV sets, she shoots them—the flash hits the dark screen like a Big Bang that yields new insights, even as it outshines and obliterates the protagonist’s reflection. Comani mounts the photographs on paperboard to create a new three-dimensional object, so each picture is unique despite photography’s capability of infinite reproduction. Sunsets serves as a minimalistic mise-en-scène of TV sets of varying shape, size, and design—a series of blank frontal portraits that are not bereft of content.
Softcover / 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ in. / 64 pp / 32 color
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