The Presence of Absence:
Massimo Listri and the Intimacy of Architecture
Photographs by Massimo Listri
Text by Irene Panzani
The absence of any human presence enhances the slight uneasiness the viewer feels when confronted with his multiple picture planes. This infinity of depths and possibilities can only be imagined and dreamt of; a sort of empty theatrical stage ready for any type of performance; each work a portal into a different adventure.
—FILIPPO TATTONI-MARCOZZI for ARTOLOGY
Derrida demonstrates that it is impossible for signification to be absolutely present. In doing so, he proves that only through mediated forms like language can one access signification. Importantly, for media theory, representational absence becomes a form of presence.
—AMANDA BELL, ‘absence/presence’ via The Chicago School of Media Theory
My photography is an expression of tranquility and silence in this chaotic society – a sense of perspective and equilibrium. This is therapy for the soul. Every time I take a photo is like the first time a treasure is revealed, a first emotion, be it an empty room or the greatest treasures of the Vatican.