Michael Kenna: Confessionali, Reggio Emilia 2007-2016
Limited edition of 50 with signed print.
'As a photographer, I have long been fascinated by memories and traces, stories that have unfolded over time, atmospheres that are left behind, remnants and remains. These images of confessional boxes in Northern Italy symbolise what I continue to search for - the invisible within the visible, the intangible contained in the tangible, the illusion of reality. If words, thoughts and emotions could be made visual, these containers of memories would reveal a multitude of densely packed hidden secrets, confessed, exchanged and discarded, in return for some prayers and a priest's blessing and forgiveness.' - Michael Kenna
This limited edition with a signed print collects together the culmination of 10 years photographing Catholic confessional booths in Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy. The series is a typology of confessional booths from a distinct geographical region, documenting booths from the 13th century to the present. Shot in black and white, each booth is uniformly the focal point of each image, framed by the details of the church interior which happen to be in shot albeit a crucifix, pillar or ladder offering small clues as to the church's architecture and context in which the booth is placed.
Print: Confessional, Study 30, Chiesa di San Giorgio, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2015
Print size: 24 x 24.5cm
With texts by Tiziano Ghirelli, Michael Kenna, Luciano Manicardi and Sandro Parmiggiani.