GIAN LORENZO COMANDINI
Gian Lorenzo Comandini’s “RiotGirl” is a tribute to youth and to its contradictions, a sort of manifesto of a generation that runs, screams and loves. The artist behind the series left behind his studies in architecture and is now specializing in Interaction Design at Quasar Design University, with a focus on human-machine interaction. For several years he has been creating videos, apps, websites, installations and interactive events. With “RiotGirl”, as he himself states, he decided to return to a more static type of representation - at least in appearance - and proceeded to fuse two different methods of expression: graphics and photography. An early step in his project involved collecting a large number of news photographs that had particularly struck him. Comandini then began working on the images he had selected. He digitally traced the figures of young females, rebellious and sensual, sitting on the ground or standing, to stage a meeting or clash of opposite and complementary forces: beauty and violence, love andrebellion, order and disorder. He thus expressed a personal vision of youth, the one he wanted to convey, ruled by dynamic impulses, sometimes aggressive and always changing. The female figures that dominate the space in the various images are icons of a proud and erotically aware beauty. They become the emblems of war and violence, or the symbols of peace and renewed calm. Comandini points out that even the news photographs have this dual storytelling potential, as they capture both turbulent events and the conclusion of a conflict. Comandini’s manifesto for his generation was created in Rome out of the experimental fusion of photography and digital drawing.
The story has been written by Simona Pandolfi, writer.
Comandini’s manifesto for his generation was created in Rome out of the experimental fusion of photography and digital drawing.