Thursday 17 May 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Contrasto - T4

Cover of The Invisible City, Contrasto Editore

"In her beautiful and mysterious photos, Irene Kung gives us a map of the city, the city of daylight transformed into the nocturnal city of dreams. Monuments retain their identity and their geographical location, and yet in the process of leaving the earth to float upward into the unconscious, they shed the dry husks of culture and of purpose to become wondrous abstractions. The city is there. It has always been there. Irene Kung’s photos remind us: We have only to close our eyes and fall asleep and wait for the dream in which it appears.” Francine Prose
Irene Kung plunges cities into darkness to make their iconic monuments stand out. Floating in an artificial light and a futuristic, dreamy atmosphere, these singular structures look like space ships floating through imaginary geographic spaces. The light reveals their geometry, amplifying their lines, reducing them to their distinctive features. The urban space revisited by Irene Kung becomes a different, silent, motionless space.