Abati, Andrea

The focal points of the work of Andrea Abati (Prato, 1952) are an analysis of the transformations of the industrial architectural landscape, an attention to the mutation of the social fabric and observation of nature subject to human impact. Landscapes which the artist interprets as a system of signs and attempts by humankind to find a balance between the natural, the mind and the spirit, utilising photography at the instrument of knowledge and relationship between the self and the world. An approach that has frequently led him to tackle social themes such as abandoned childhood, mental disability and immigration through an idiom that over the years has become less “constructed” and (apparently) simpler, even imperfect. “I’m no longer interested in surprising with emblematic images. The importance lies not in the technique but the concept, in all that lies before and after the construction of the image.
It is this light that the installation created for atlante italiano007 is to be seen: a series of small format photographs reproposing the same fragmentary gaze that constitutes our way of seeing reality, reminding us that habit is the first obstacle to awareness of what surrounds us.