This artist's book is based on a namesake project of video installations and art objects exploring the transformation of the image within time and space. With texts and drawings by curator
Most of the time the images caught out of the corner of our eye are the realest to us: Portrait of Jennie is an artist book that investigates the transformation of the image within time and space, determined by our visions and projections, influenced by our needs and desires, in private and social contexts.
Taking its title from a novel by the American author Robert Nathan—in which the main character, an artist, faces the impossibility of drawing a portrait of a young girl due to her death—Portrait of Jennie is born within a shared space between artist Marco Fedele di Catrano and curator Vitaly Patsyukov. The book consists of video stills and photos, interspersed among signs, hieroglyphs, formulas and drawings.
Starting his career in 1996, Marco Fedele di Catrano (born 1976 in Roma, lives and works in Switzerland) has worked as a freelance photographer
and collaborated with international artists, as well as several institutions and galleries: Marseille MAC; Moma PS1, New York; the French Academy in Rome; Zagreb MSU; Museo Madre, Napoli; Incontri Internazionali d'Arte, Rome; RAM Radioartemobile, Rome; the Byrd Hoffmann Foundation, New York, and Fondazione Volume, Rome. His photos have been published in Italian and foreign newspapers and magazines, among which “La Repubblica”, “Libération”, “L'Espresso”, “Carnet”, “Abitare”, “Bulliver”, “Beaux-arts”, “TATE magazine”, “Il Giornale dell'Arte” and “Archis”. After the meeting with the photo reporter Leonard Freed during his stay in New York (2000-2002), he has worked as insider at Magnum agency. When he came back to Italy, his work opened to new expressive media; his interest moved from photography to video
and installation, and in 2003 he began his collaboration with the american artist Jimmie Durham
, which lasted on and off until 2008. In 2004 he moved to Vienna to attend a Master in photography with Friedl Kubelka
and began to work in Franz West
's atelier for a two-year period. From 2006, again in Rome, he has carried on both installation work and photography.