On Friday, February the 1st, Workshop Gallery will present U.S.A. – i: United States of Appropriated Images, a journey through Micol Sabbadini’s recent photographs taken in the United States, the artist’s second home.

U.S.A. – i: United States of Appropriated Images belongs to a series entitled Objets Trouves, a photographic project in which Sabbadini utilizes the stories of others to construct his own, consisting of stolen moments and various landscapes that are at times reconstructed and repositioned in order to defy reality. Flowers drowned in a glass of champagne, cigarettes, votive statuettes, glittery dolls donning dresses full of holes, deteriorating walls, carpeted living rooms, gleaming tiles….photos taken in the studios and houses of artists and other celebrities—among others presented in this exhibition are those of artists Shirin Neshat and Scott Campbell—isolating, carving out and re-framing various found objects with a photographic eye for brilliant colors that sometimes gives away his background in fashion and passion for sets. In Micol Sabbadini’s photographs, we find a constant search for a new theatrality, mixed with a dreamlike filter of his love for the set, for the camera obscura and for the object’s surroundings, as well as a good dose of skillful post-production. On Sabbadini’s stage, there are always just a few elements, but they are positioned with a secret and precise geometry that brings order to the scene even when the photo is not perfectly in focus. Sabbadini focuses on her own interior aesthetic, transforming it into a scene poised between decadence and pop, re-coloring details, adding new ones and reassembling others. “If that is what everyone sees, it is not what I see.”

Opening reception: Friday February 1, 6:30pm – 9pm
The artist Micol Sabbadini will attend the opening reception.

U.S.A. – i: United States of Appropriated Images
February 1 – March 8, 2013
Opening hours: Tue – Sat, 10am – 1pm | 2:30pm – 6:30pm

Calle del Traghetto, Dorsoduro 2793/A Venice, Italy