“From a very early age we are trained to distinguish antithetical dualism, leading us to tell right from wrong, good from bad, beautiful from ugly. It is from these very contrasts that the accepted cataloguing emerges which is practically forced on us by our culture and by human history”. With these words in his university thesis on Graphic Design, Ciro Galluccio opens the way to the poetry of the “beauty of error”, which finds its full expression in his project “Defected”.Following his training in graphics at the RUFA - Rome University of Fine Arts and his experience in England with the Erasmus programme, Galluccio focused his aesthetic research on the field of photography. “Defected” consists of a series of shots characterized by identical framing and dual lighting - both natural and artificial - in which the protagonists are imperfect human beings, anti-classical icons of a beauty that lies outside the canon. Often marginalized or held up as different, these men and women find meagre consolation in their portraits: through the use of gold - and considering diversity to be an added value to be marked and not hidden - Galluccio highlights, or rather embellishes, scars, remedies imperfections and the visible traces of a beauty impossible to standardise. In Ciro Galluccio’s work there is a clear reference to the Japanese practise of kintsugi; this technique uses gold to emphasise the cracks in broken pottery, revealing the new veining created by chance in the moment of breaking. In similar fashion, Galluccio uses gold to outline the traces of physical and emotional fractures in his subjects in an iconographic affirmation of the “beauty of imperfection”.
The story has been written by Simona Pandolfi, writer.