Davida Carta‘s WindowProject is an intimate and delicate research of her place in the world, related also to her being a foreigner in the United States (Davida was born in Varese, Italy, in 1982 and now living in Vermont, where she is studying for her MFA in Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art). Most of the windows are photographed from the inside, and the light is always soft and caring. It feels like it is morning, outside it is raining, you are going to make a tea and read a good book on the couch, feeling the warmth of the blanket and dreaming about different lives.
About her project, in her statement, Davida writes:
“I have always been drawn to windows, and what they represent in the collective imagination, both metaphorically and literally. I started to shoot them a few years ago, when I traveled. They are shot in many places, not the same, consistent one. In fact is not relevant to me to give spacial homogeneity (meaning one physical space) to the viewer, as much as showing how the places are connected by a common feeling.
All the windows in the photographs have a hidden story. For instance, the image with the lace curtain in the window, was shot in an old house in Harwich Port, Massachusetts. The room was tiny, dedicated to safely host young women about to give birth, in the 1800s.
This project also wants to highlight how details establish a sense of place and a sense of belonging. Being a foreigner in the United States, I lose all points of reference. In this case, windows are the common thread between Italy, my home country and the United States, the place I currently live in. The lace of the curtains, the condensation on the glass, the atmosphere itself are universal elements, that can be easily recognized and referenced.
Often this project will bring back emotions and memories in the viewer, that I did not anticipate. Many people associate the lace or the old creamer pitcher with their grandmother’s. This creates a conversation, which is part of what photography is to me”.
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