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Yvonne De Rosa
Yvonne De Rosa's images tell stories of great emotion, pride and grace. Her delicate touch with the camera reveals her intimate connection to all that she photographs.
About The Artist
Yvonne De Rosa’s renowned series Crazy God depicted her ‘visit’ to an abandoned asylum in Naples – by breaking in to the building – in order to record the traces of its inhabitants. Having volunteered there years before she was able to unravel some of the stories and complex lives and injustices suffered by former patients. Their presence is felt through De Rosa’s moving photographs. The work has resonated since its release and been exhibited throughout Europe.
The strength of character that is displayed in De Rosa’s sitters in her series Hidden Identities reveals the respect she has for those she photographs. Her portraits present people whose lives lives are filled with great upheaval and distress. Having no formal identity as a citizen of the country in which they reside, they are not recognised or treated with the humanity that they so justly deserve. Yvonne De Rosa has been photographing people with this status to procure images of individuals with their own unique identities whose voices are rarely heard.
*The monograph ‘Hidden Identities: Unfinished’ will be published in Spring 2013. The book includes a foreword by Sam Taylor Wood and essay by Laura Noble. To reserve a signed copy please contact the gallery via email.
In a continuing project Wish List is a collection of personal images drawn from De Rosa’s response to her own memories, rendering the everyday life as a magical, wondrous place to be.