Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. The image used in Round Midnight is an early 20th century ‘glamour shot’ that at the time would have been considered titillating for both the girl’s nudity and ethnicity. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.
When someone tells me I’m really funny
Leaving early on summer Fridays
I’M THA REALEZT
Diaz Albertini (1909), Giovanni Boldini / Fancy, Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
I can tell by the way you carry yourself.
Peeling Onions (1852), Lilly Martin Spencer / Take Care, Drake ft. Rihanna