“Since they met in 2007 for a photo shoot for Italian Vogue, German Artist Tina Berning and Italian Photographer Michelangelo Di Battista have created unique artworks that blur the boundaries between photography, illustration, painting and crafts. Instead of subjecting Di Battista’s photography to digital image processing, Berning expands analog on the images with drawings, texts, by scratching, painting or even weaving the surface. Working individually in different countries, together they create a shared universe. The title of their exhibition at Fotografiska, Confluence, refers to the flowing together of two creative streams.
“I just love to see what Tina adds to my photographs…Whether it’s with thick charcoal lines, colorful woven ribbons, texts or something completely different,”… Their sensitive and perceptive eye for what the other has created results in a kind of anarchic pact, which differs greatly from what they create on their own.
“I know that when I shoot photos for a joint project I compose them in a different way; the photograph has the function as her canvas,” Di Battista explains and adds that he is very passionate about the collaboration. “The creative approach in regard to these works is often about teasing out the personality of the character, by literally scratching the surface of a perfect beauty. The process has an anarchic moment increased by the fact that I only have one shot. If I take a wrong decision I ruin the photo or react by turning to a new direction as we are talking of analog, unique pieces of art.”
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