Cerys Wilson, AiR (Artist in Residence) 2010

These images are a study of the Ex Os-pedale Sant’Agostino in Modena. Originally built as a hospital, Sant’Agostino has, in recent years, been partially reclaimed by the Fondazione di Fotografia as its primary gallery space. However, the upper floors of the structure, as the images detail, are abandoned, left in a perpetual state of wait- ing, while also frozen in their last action and function. Signs of life remain, yet it is absence that is most strongly felt.

I wish to connect the interior space of Sant’Agostino with the exterior space that envelops it. The old hospital thus becomes a cityscape within a city, where its laby- rinthine corridors mirror the arcades of Modena’s streets, and where the folds of fabric turn to columns of stone that support the ceiling above. Stray electrical cables burst through the walls, suggesting roots or branches about to conquer the abandoned space.

For many years now my work has been concerned with the duality of the city: overlapping shadows and light, the natural mixed with the man-made, the sacred with the profane; and always an invisible social narrative that cuts through the very structure and design of its streets. I find all these elements in Sant’Agostino, with an added timelessness that the restless city outside does not allow.

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Slide show: 
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Cerys Wilson, Sant’Agostino, Modena (2010)
Biography: 

Cerys Wilson (England,1984) received a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States in 2008, and an MLitt in the History of Photography from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2010. In addition to her photographic practice, she has served as Research Assistant to the Photography Department at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and is shortly to begin a Curatorial Internship with the Cana- dian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.