Collage

Carlo Alberto Rastelli alters Old Photographs in series 'Woodoo People'

May 11, 2018

Carlo Alberto Rastelli's latest series of work is inspired by a box of photos his grandmother gave him, altered to address the concept of time within the context of these found images.

The box in question was full of ancient photos dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Rastelli was so impressed by the poses, the clothes and the expressions of the people portrayed in these photos that he decided to use them as subjects of a series of paintings which talk about the idea of time. This topic is related both to the subject itself and to the natural texture of the support (a fir wood panel), whose veins mark the biological time of the original tree.
Rastelli censored some of the characters by opening a prospective view on stars and galaxies trough the shapes of the bodies: the end result is an alienating effect, that looks like a sci-fi movie frame.

Born in Parma on 25/10/1986, graduated in 2005 at "Paolo Toschi" Art School, in 2009 Rastelli received the degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Riga in 2010 through the Erasmus program. In 2012, he received, with honors, master's degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.

Rastelli lives and works in Milan.