Monica Carocci

By Verzotti, Giorgio | Artforum International, November 1995 | Go to article overview

Monica Carocci


Verzotti, Giorgio, Artforum International


Monica Carocci's recent show consisted of a series of black and white photographs and the video from which this series was composed. Carocci has been lauded for the subjective expressivity of her photographic work, but her use of video as a medium is new, and, at least in this case, she achieved extremely interesting results. The sequence of video images, which were projected against a wall then blown up into large scale photos, was rather disturbing - due, in part at least, to their careless rendering on a technical level.

This lack of technical refinement also characterized the photographic work, with an analogous effect- it produced a wealth of stimuli on both a formal and an expressive level. In this sequence of images, the artist performed a series of day-day activities: she entered the bathroom of her house, turned on the bathtub tap, fingered a sponge, climbed into the full tub, and stretched out until the camera could take in her feet. Because the videotape from which the images were drawn was shot with a hand-held video camera, the objects and body parts made visible to the viewer were identified with Carocci's gaze. …

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