Originally from Padova, Italy, Cecilia received two MA’s in economics. After spending a decade working in the banking industry as an auditor, she moved from Italy to UK to pursue her passion in visual arts. She formally trained in photography, graduating in 2013 from Spéos Photographic Institute.
Growing up in the remarkably preserved medieval town of Padova, Cecilia has been breathing art since she was a child, surrounded by a quaint, though static, way of living. Thirsty of knowledge, she soon developed a genuine curiosity for everything that was far from her cultural heritage, devoting her travels to the study of anthropological aspects of diverse cultures with a focus on architecture.
Far from the celebrated landmarks, Cecilia pursues places that were built for purpose but taken over by time. She celebrates the evolved aesthetic of sites once abandoned. She captures these places in the rawness of their surrender to nature.
Cecilia currently lives in London, UK, where she works as freelance photographer.
The constantly changing urban landscape of London is a never ending source of inspiration and study for her.
Abandoned places dispersed by padded dust of time has always seduced me.
I am fascinated by the way ivy slowly invades architecture through cracks and windows, the vibrant green moss veils precarious floors and morphs forgotten objects.
Derelict places are lit by a unique, powerful light. A light that vehemently shows colours, shapes and textures, abstracting buildings from their original intention, giving them a new lease of life dominated by a metaphysical silence.
Far from Bernd and Hilla Becher’s rigorous formalism, I am inspired by Dadaism, where aesthetic was questioned and new rhymes and rhythms were created. I seek beauty in places that have forgotten their purpose.
I gravitate towards elapsed histories; histories of everyday life as time colludes with nature to rewrite these memories afresh. Abandon overwrites social difference as ivy wraps sumptuous palaces and shacks alike and dust covers them all.
More than death, for me abandon represents transformation. Places that we once claimed from nature, little by little are repossessed by nature, sometimes with violence and force.
It is a matter of re-dead places, as defined by Italian writer Carmen Pellegrino, of places that acquire new meanings. “Even though lost villages convey a strange and melancholic poetry, they are pervaded by a special, almost tactile, joy” … “In these places the end had come as well as it has gone away: they are not dead places because death has gone too. Remains of houses are there, imperfect and derelict, like an ode to time”.
* Perrotti, Roberto. La bellezza e il silenzio dei luoghi abbandonati. Intervista con Carmen Pellegrino. Art a part of culture, 2015. Web, 9 February 2015. http://www.artapartofculture.net/