Micaela Mau (born in 1986) is a German-Italian artist. She has studied visual communication at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and at the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as Foreign Languages and Literature at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.
While studying and working abroad in Tokyo, Frankfurt and London she developed an interest in photography, fascinated by the ambiguous relationship between photographic image and reality.
She currently lives and works in Florence, Italy.
about my work
To me photography is not only a tool tocapture fleeting impressions in time and share what caught my attention, butalso, above all, a means of interpreting and reinterpreting reality.
My photographic work mainly comprises abstract images that put the bond between photographic reproduction and its referent to the test, often making the original subject almost indistinguishable. Alongside these works I develop more realistic projects concerning ourperception of the world and how it is conveyed through photography.
More recently I have started to workwith analog media, reflecting on the materiality of photographs and negatives, rather than seeing them as mere image supports.
My work is founded on the belief thatthere is no such thing as an objective photograph. Photography cannot depictreality accurately since the human element – intrinsically fallible and predisposedto subjective perception – pervades all stages of photographic development. Furthermore, the laws of physics, optics and chemistry, pose technical limitations, constraining the mediums ability to accurately record reality. Last but not least, there’s chance, an unpredictable force capable of influencing the best planned outcomes.
Photography, therefore, cannot but be a medium of subjective expression. For this reason I try to embrace thelimitations at hand and to make them an integral part of my work.
Photography on a Postcard, curated by Gemma Peppé | theprintspace, London, UK
Celeste Prize 2017. Finalist exhibition, curated by FatoşÜstek | Barge House, London, UK
Dintorni urbani, racconto corale sulla citta di Firenze, curated by Elisa Biagini, Andrea Aleardi, Martino Marangoni and Giuseppe Toscano | Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
Good Bokeh, curated by Yessica Torres | Dab Art, Ventura, Ca, USA
get in touch
Artworksare available as limited edition prints, professionally printed on museumquality archival paper. Each print is signed and numbered on the reverse andships with a certificate of authenticity.
Please feel free to contact me to inquire about prints or to just say hi bywriting to [email protected]