Irene Fenara (b. 1990) lives in Bologna. Her work investigates the gesture behind every photographic operation: watching. In particular, she observes, investigates and interprets the way machines look. There are hundreds of mechanical glances in front of which we pass every day. Irene Fenara focuses on surveillance cameras. Devices introduced and spread for reasons of control and security, or rather to protect us from others, also trigger a series of insecurities. The images they show are often unclear, dirtied by a series of errors, such as an obstacle in front of the lens, a lack of resolution or an evident chromatic alteration. Just like our eyes, they (re)see and transform reality, catapulting us into an alternative and mysterious universe.
Her work has been exhibited in public and private institutions such as Fondazione Prada Osservatorio (Milan 2016), Fondazione Fotografia (Modena 2017), MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art (Bologna 2018), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome 2018), Kunst Merano Arte (Merano 2019), Villa Merkel (Esslingen 2020), ZERO… (Milan 2021), MACRO (Rome 2021), Triennale (Milan 2021), Basel Social Club (Basel 2022), ICA (Milan 2022), MAXXI (Rome 2022), MACTE (Termoli 2023), Palazzo Bentivoglio (Bologna 2023) and Museion (Bolzano 2023).