I.V. Drip and Bleach

Since his Kathmandu Gang project, Francesco Nardozzi has gone on to create an installation that works on a seven-day timeline.

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Untitled (Enlarged Passport Photograph, I.V. Drip
Untitled (Enlarged Passport Photograph, I.V. Drip and Bleach)
Having embarked on a photojournalistic project capturing the glue gangs of Kathmandu, Frankie Nazardo has created an installation that explores the way photographs alter with time.

Speaking on the project, Nazardo reveals: "I have always been interest in the way photographic prints age with time. The slow fading of colours, the changes in textures and the occasional stain give a kind of human quality to prints– they sometimes parallel human emotions and feelings, reflecting the different shades of intensity in what we feel for those portrayed in the picture over time.

I wanted to contextualize this in contemporary society. I also wanted to explore how we learn to feel emotions as adults, as opposed to children. The writings of Carl Rogers were a great source of inspiration; in particular the idea of incorporating the values of society in our ideal self. I simply wanted to explore this process and its effects on emotions. The basis of the piece is the contrast between the artificiality of society and human emotions, especially those that are generally perceived as ‘pure’, such as love.

The style is quite a different than the Kathmandu Gang project. But I think there are some similarities in the thematic aspect of the projects, they are still about human responses to society values and circumstances. Personally I am a big fan of mixing genres and I consider both projects to be part of the same ‘song’."
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