Currently working on an experimental mixed-media photographic book “Caterpillar”, created during the Art Residency “The Lab – Human” at Yogurt Magazine, Rome, Italy; I graduated with Distinction as MA Photography student at Falmouth University, where I created the two-year photographic and video project ‘I can hear you now’, across UK, Italy and USA.
I am a member of AOP, ARPS, London Independent Photography, Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network and Women Occupy Hollywood.
“Caterpillar” is a personal journey into my own soul, disrupted by life-events, that tries to be reborn as a new form of life. It represents the sense of disappearing in a world in which I sensed I didn’t belong anymore and the urge to use photography as a form of art-therapy to heal my emotional wounds. Starting from this sense of isolation and challenging mental state, it depicts a self-transformation and the mutation of the surrounding word through photographic creation that becomes means and emblem.
Starting each time from a symbolic image shot in analogue using long or multiple exposure and then transfiguring, painting, manipulating, destroying and recomposing each print; concepts like space, time, identity and depiction are completely redefined. Photography becomes an object and each time it is re-photographer, meanwhile in each image concepts like “me” or “my world” are manipulated, transformed and represented as something totally different.
Further info about the project can be found here: http://www.dayanamarconiimage.com/project/caterpillar/
Images from this project have been published by F-STOP Magazine, #105 issue February/March 2021; won the “Gold Award” at San Francisco Bay International Photography Awards 2020 and have been included in numerous exhibitions such as “Time to Think 2020”; at ACCI Gallery in Bekerley, California; “Until we meet again” at Treat Gallery, NY; Working from home and Shutter Hub Open 20/21 managed by Shutter Hub.
In my work, I am interested in exploring the ways in which photography can be used as a tool for psychological research, investigating the inner world of the portrayed individuals and viewers. Particularly interested in the process of releasing negative emotions, I am interested in defying those social norms that stigmatise mental health issues, creating a constructive dialogue around a topic still considered taboo in our culture.
As a sufferer of anxiety disorders, I often feel the urge to scream out in pain but this inner pressure is never expressed, this is what inspired the two-year ‘I can hear you now’ project. More broadly, I am interested in representing individuality and my personal perception of the world, which is complex and this is why I decided not to use still images only, but also moving image and music score, collaborating with different artists throughout the world. Photography and video-art are a mean of self-expression: I want to share my vision and my emotions, but I am inspired by the external world, using it as a mirror.
Working mainly with still images, in these last years I included moving image and sounds to better share my vision of the world and express myself. I usually start creating with a research phase, taking inspiration by other artists and my everyday life, then I usually decide the best way to communicate my subject matter and only subsequently the creative-phase starts.
To me, it is important to effectively communicate my message and to make the represented topics clear to viewers in order to generate understanding: something important in all my projects, from documentary to fashion shootings. I don’t want viewers simply to see my imagery, but to feel it.
‘I can hear you now’ project has been exhibited at the Brick Lane Gallery in London; at The Studio in Marks Tey, Essex; at Fuoriluogo Art and Culture Residence in Asti, Italy; it has been included into ‘Shutter Hub Open 2018’exhibitions in London and Amsterdam, it has been selected for ‘Shibuya Station Exhibition’ in Tokyo, part of ‘Contemporary Art Station’ international project and won the “Social Art Prize” at Palazzo Velli, part of the project “Rome Art Week” in July 2019.
Still images from this body of work have been included into the volume ‘100 artists of the Future’ that published in March 2019 by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.
“I really appreciate the whole project. The experimental use of the photography and subsequently of the sound/music is so in tune, in sync with the emotional itinerary of the project, which is shocking. Dayana reveals a profound knowledge of the material she chose to investigate, to dissect. Screaming away. The key is in the desire and the knowledge that will be a release of the pain. It gives you the reassurance that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The whole project is a sophisticated assemblage of images and sounds/music that takes away the fear of the illness. It generates a profound empathy with the subject/s on screen. The film and the photos with the music, sounds and melodies, are sophisticated and at the same time an understandable representation of the pain, of the unease, of the obsession.
I admired the technique, the courage of the choices made, the boldness of the message and the generosity on the whole. Huge talent capable of reading her own feelings, capable of dissecting them diligently with love and compassion in order to Load Explode Be Free. Thank you Dayana for this excellent work of art.”
Ivana Massetti – Writer/director/Producer based in Los Angeles U.S. Founder and CEO of Women Occupy Hollywood.