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Marta Bevacqua - A Story Without Words

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Edd Norval
March 24, 2021

Marta Bevacqua uses her photographs of models to tell simple stories of beauty. Although the stories are simple, the images are far more complex than they initially appear, with a multitude of layers offering space of interpretation into the philosophy of dreaming.

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A self-confessed dreamer, Bevacqua allows the porous borderland of liminal thought to manifest in her images. Refusing to be boxed into a particular category - be it fashion, realism or surrealism, the Italian watches as all coalesce in a dreamy and almost sub-real manner, like the images that exist on the periphery of your conscious mind as the chemicals of sleep begin to disperse. 


This lends a fantastical element to all her images, shown technically as slightly blurred edges or unique depths-of-field that appeal to our eyes with an illusory invitation. Each photograph has a story concocted around it in the artist’s mind, one that she hopes her audience can relate to - whilst giving them the freedom to attach their own to it.


Telling a story is one thing, but Bevacqua doesn’t see her images as containing a particular message, rather a semi-autobiographical representation of her interpretation of beauty. In earlier interviews Bevacqua showed a lack of confidence in her own abilities, a sort of imposter syndrome of her place in art and the art world.

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Having amassed almost half a million followers on Instagram, the young Italian’s images clearly resonate with people and, perhaps, in seeing the positive reactions to her work, the artist has gained the confidence to double-down on her artistic vision, with each new photograph published being more challenging and innovative - all the while maintaining a consistency that makes her work assuredly her own.


Having spoken of her interest in nature, the natural world seems to be the anchor between dream and reality. Capturing unique formations - from floral trees to blue ocean - Bavacqua immerses her protagonist and therefore, her audience, in the micro-fable that’s been documented in each particular image. 


It was the simple pleasure of photography that first drew the young Bevacqua to the form and it is in the simplicity of faithfully communicating her vision that still drives her work. These images are pure self-expression born from a combination of our world and Bevacqua’s, the imagined projection of her dream.

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