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‘A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization’ (Marcuse, H.) so that the tolerance that is claimed by societies like ours is just apparent. As in Marcuse’s opinion, such tolerance is a repressive one because its permissiveness works only insofar as it does not subvert society’s inner workings. This also applies to digital environments, where people can show their genitals to strangers - when not observed by their acquaintances - but cannot show themselves vulnerable on their social media, when this, in some sense, would exploit them for the people “they know”. The digital entails a loss, in terms of communication, that makes people less able to understand or to communicate to one another through it or, at least, that carries a message which, willingly or not, is highly mediated by the electronic intelligence. For instance, why people would look and feel so different once met in person, in those cases where the first approach took place online?  

Digital can alienate us from our own body and suck us into its strong flow of information. In the exhibition, my photographs portray a room of which only a few fragments are discernible, just as difficult and fragmented result  digital connections. At the centre, a real mirror stands out from the fake ones scattered within the pictures. Such mirror would represent the physicality of a face to face connection in contrast with the impalpability of the digital one, mimicked by the plasticky, reflective surfaces. In a Lacanian perspective the cropped images, in comparison to the mirror’s comprehensive view of the person, would represent the cage that we are enclosed into and limited by the digital medium.