Giacomo Colombo

If You Could See Me Now 2019 - 2020 

Making a book...

Storie e poi, 2019

Since music is written, performed and experienced by human beings who express their innermost thoughts, impressions and feelings, it describes the human nature. Indeed, the musical expression can be treated as a combination of the whole gathered encounters, studies, elaborations and ways of looking at the reality from a subjective point of view. 

Bouncing between emotional inclinations and logic thinking processes where everything is interconnected, music manifests its mystery: a slowing of time occurs, where all the mentioned elements come together and look towards somewhere else.  

If you could see me now combines visual piano recordings with symbolic staged settings as a method of illustrating my relationship with the piano coupled to family narrative.
The work deals with the perception of the everyday in a specific intimate space: my father’s studio. As a title of a popular jazz ballad, If you could see me now oscillates between sound and image and strives to stimulate visual thinking on the psychological and emotional affinity with music. 

The main subject of this sequence, an upright piano, is analysed through the repetition of formal details and change of perspectives. In an attempt to understand the universe around me and covering a spectrum of photographic portraits, still lifes and stagings, I freely juxtaposes memories from the past and impressions from the present: the conversations with the pianist father, the flow of dust particles on the instrument, a composition of tangled cables, a musical score hung on the wall, a faded memory.


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