Diachronicles is an examination of the historical space, regarded as a fictional container where an apparent collection of evidence opens up to the fantastic. In this space, the attempt to reconstruct the past falls into phantasmal gaps, where things are generated, used, buried, unearthed, transported, and relocated.
This nomadic and fragmentary nature of what has been left behind, reveals how the movement, transfiguration, and misinterpretation of objects shape historiography and ultimately, the real.
In the impossible search of academic legitimation, the viewer is invited into a world where the factual and the fake overlap. The work is about the absence of memory and addresses the leading role archaeology, photography and the museum space play in a historical narrative. In doing so, the human body is used to suggest scale and as a means to display objects.
Furthermore, Diachronicles digs into a parallel history, filled with disappearances, figures to decode, nonexistent artefacts and forgeries hidden in museums basements.
Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #09 – POSSIBILE
Giulia Parlato is an Italian visual artist based in London and Palermo.
She graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication in 2016 and from the MA Photography at the Royal College of Arts in 2019.
Her practice delves into histories, myths and cultural heritage, involving photography and video. Giulia’s work is shown nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions including Mucho Mas (Torino, 2022), Photo London (London 2021), Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam, 2021), Podbielski Contemporary Gallery (Milan, 2021), Palazzo Rasponi 2 (Ravenna, 2020), and Gare Du Nord for Paris Photo (Paris 2019). She is the recipient of the BJP International Photography Award Second Place (2020), the Innovate Grant (2020), Camera Work Award (2020) and the Carte Blanche Éstudiants Award (2019). She was recently selected by CAMERA – Italian Center of Photography – for the European programme Futures.
Giulia’s work is held in public and private collections.