The aim is to capture people’s attitude and personality through specific poses or behaviors that show different Italian subcultures (style, interests, and beliefs). Kamisalak is always looking for something rough and strong in photography. Subjects she decides to explore are always self-confident and have a sort of commanding presence.
It is actually this kind of rude human confidence, a natural tendency/inclination of many independent local and urban subcultures, that interests her the most and constantly fosters her artistic research. She has grown up in a small village in the Italian countryside near Rome, so this suburban reality is very close to her and has affected her point of view throughout her life.
She is fascinated by these people’s natural tendency to incessantly show their perceived belonging to their local and social group through any kind of element, from their specific dialectal expressions to special fashion trends. There’s something very aggressive and vulgar in what she is repeatedly trying to get with images. The atmosphere is pretty unrefined, matching the rough quality of the kodak film developing. The trashy poses and flashy colors and tonalities create a special flavor that gives a strong identity to her work.
By the way everything seems to come naturally in these pictures and finally we can say her attention is always more focused on female’s presence and attitude:
“I think involuntarily my eyes were always looking for women’s action. I think I felt their performance so much different and regardless than the men’s one that I was just completely fascinated by their arrogant strength and wonderful manner of living”.
About the author:
Kamisalak was born in Rome on may 13th,1991. She spent her childhood in a small village near Rome. She moved to the city when she was 14 years old. At the age of 19, she left the country to attend cinema studies courses at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She has directed music videos and short movies. She has always taken photographs as well.