Giuseppe Persia Talking Peppers Art Photography
Talking Peppers Art Photography is Silver Design Award winner in 2020 - 2021 Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Award Category.
Talking Peppers Art Photography

Nus Nous photographs seem to represent human bodies or parts of them, in reality it is the observer who wants to see them. When we observe anything, even a situation, we observe it emotionally and for this reason, we often let ourselves be deceived. In the Nus Nous images, it is evident how the element of ambivalence turns into a subtle elaboration of the mind that takes us away from reality to lead us into an imaginary labyrinth made up of suggestions.

Talking Peppers Art Photography
Giuseppe Persia Talking Peppers
Giuseppe Persia Art Photography
Giuseppe Persia design
Giuseppe Persia design
Giuseppe Persia

Born in Cremona in 1949, he started taking photographs at the beginning of the '70s, he took part in numerous events in Italy and abroad, obtaining important prizes and public and critical acclaim. Nus-Noûs”: Nus as naked, Noûs as mind. This path is distinguished by the originality of the ideation and the results that led the artist to realize in photography what is most easily obtained in painting or sculpture.They represent as "eidetic entities" that go beyond reality and sensible experience even though they evoke it in various guises and in seductive, mysterious and sometimes disquieting forms. In this conceptual research the speculative dimension prevails, aimed at investigating the surreal world of the unconscious, a germinating unconscious from which emerge both of the likely entities and of the mysterious yet emotionally involving entities. Photography is a means of expression which, in addition to being a powerful tool for investigating and re-proposing objective reality, also knows how to be its opposite in an equally valid way, reproducing the illusory and the unreal. This ambivalence materializes in the works "Nus-Noûs" and proves to be capable of tackling the photographic language by fully exploiting its expressive and allusive possibilities. In the images it clearly appears that the element of ambivalence turns into a subtle elaboration of the mind that takes us away from reality and leads us into an imaginative labyrinth composed of evocative suggestions and visions

Fotografia di Giuseppe Persia

Talking peppers were born almost by chance by observing a yellow pepper which from a certain angle looked like a human body. After overcoming some obstacles such as light, the development of modified negatives and the use of microscope optics, given the short distance, the Nus Nous project was born, which means the body and the mind. This project, which began in 2000 and is still being implemented with new images, currently consists of about 1000 large format negatives (4x5 inches). The project was made in analogue gelatin silver photography and is printed on paper in a cotton support and toned with selenium, as expected for the photographs hosted by museums. No interventions have been made with retouching software, the image is the one that is on the negative, once the print is obtained some small touch-ups are made with a brush where there were small empty dots caused by the dust present in the emulsion of the negative, no other intervention is done. At the beginning of the project, when I participated in artistic events, I noticed that observers stopped for a long time to admire the photos, often tilting their heads as if to observe the rotated image. Hence the rotating photo, an image mounted on a painter's easel and placed on a support that allowed the observer to rotate it. In summary it was found that not everyone, looking at the photographs, saw the same thing, often saw completely different things in the same image. The image does nothing but explore the most remote areas of our mind by re-emerging old memories of when we were children, mostly related to toys, puppets but also landscapes and / or particularly exciting situations.