The Camera Cubica project came about with the aim of combining two rediscovered elements: the building of the Piccolo Museion Cubo di Garutti, located in the Don Bosco neighbourhood of Bolzano-Bozen (I), and the camera obscura. By combining these two elements with the idea of using photography to capture the characteristics and dynamics of a specific social and public space, employing the very structure of the Cubo Garutti venue as a photographic device: a camera obscura situated in a public area.
I decided to cover two windows of the Piccolo Museion to make the inside of the room completely dark, apart from two pinholes which let natural light into the Cube, exposing the photographic paper inside.
As Alberto Garutti’s phrase on the wall of the Cube reads, «All those who pass by...», and who stop to take a look at the Cube, have the chance to be photographed and in turn take a photograph with the Camera Cubica, which elicits community participation.
The images developed during the project converge into a cube made up of faces that can be mixed and matched, where the portrait of one person combines with that of another, both capturing and moving beyond the traits of each.
The Piccolo Museion is a work that the artist Alberto Garutti created in 2003 to form an outlying venue for Museion in the Don Bosco neighbourhood of Bolzano-Bozen (I).
Camera Cubica was a project conceived for the Piccolo Museion curated by Frida Carazzato. Thanks go to the Association la Vispa Teresa, the Don Bosco neighbourhood, Paolo Aldi and the Institute of Friends.