All The Flowers That You Plant
Edition of 250
16,5 x 24 cm
Published by Skinnerboox, Jun 2021
“You plant your roses and you let it go, you wait, you can’t do much to speed up the process. Roses need time, you need time. It’s the work of time on the individual and on the space around us that I try to capture, but also our capacity to accept that time cannot be forced”.
The photographs in this book were made in the outskirts of a small Italian town, a neighborhood that was built in the late fifties, when people from the countryside came to the city looking for work. The place appears like a strange combination of rural and urban cultures.
A body of work about photography as a means to investigate the past, letting familiar visions revealing themselves from a different perspective.
Alessandra Dragoni born in Ravenna, completed humanistic studies, then worked in the archives of ABC Press photo agency while studying photography at De Moor, Stichting for education of film and photography in Amsterdam. Later she moved to Paris (Libèration, Magnum), Milan, working for press agencies and main italian publishers as photographer and photo editor (Mondadori, Rizzoli), and Treviso, where she was invited by Fabrica to work with artist Adam Broomberg on “The fear project”. In 2004 she returned to Ravenna where she studied photography with professor Guido Guidi at the Accademia di Belle Arti; she started an experimental space for contemporary photography called “MyCamera”.
Her focus as an artist centers on a constant research into the photographic medium and the potential possessed by photography to stimulate memory, past and current visions, the link between photography and personal experience. Her work is the result of a very long journey into the photographic language, from commercial photography through paparazzi to the very refined and sophisticated way of great contemporary authors, allowing her to develop a peculiar and quite unique approach, either in curating than in shooting and editing work. Currently busy on long lasting projects that mostly start out by taking pictures out of pure pleasure and inspiration and lately become bodies of work and book projects.