Lorenzo Vitturi's project Dalston Anatomy examines the
environment of East London's Ridley Road Market through a series of
portraits and still life photographs. Vibrant and energetic,
the distinctive nature of the place is depicted through the faces
of local characters, urban setting and debris from the market.
Inhabiting the intersection between the sculptural and the
photographic, Vitturi's work is often playful in its informal
spanning of mediums. Thinking of himself as 'a visionary
anatomist' he imagines the market, its people and produce as a body
to be dissected using the camera with his studio as a laboratory.
Strange ephemera and objects are reassembled and layered to create
alternative totems, a colourful series of new anatomies unique to
Vitturi's visionary realm.
The alien forms created in the studio are organic and temporary,
carefully compiled structures of found fish heads, hair pieces,
giant snails and coconuts coloured by pigments and wrapped in
thread. These makeshift sculptures mimic the temporal nature
of the market and the objects themselves, existing often only to be
photographed or in the process of being disassembled or rotting.
Dalston Anatomy is a unique portrayal of a soon to be
extinct way of life. As a local resident of the area around
Ridley Road Market, Vitturi felt compelled to capture its
distinctive spirit and range of social and ethnic influences in
anticipation of the ever advancing threat of gentrification.
Multi-coloured and precariously balanced, the sculptures in his
photographs stand as metaphors for the harmoniously clashing
diversity of nationalities and cultures brought together in the