Annalisa Natali Murri – Artist Statement
Murri’s work as a documentary photographer mainly deals with stories that aren’t simply visually descriptive, avoiding straightforward narratives and neat and sharp representations of reality. Working with an inductive rather than a deductive approach, she aims to create grainy and multiform depictions of reality, suggestions leading the observer to a broader universe of things through the use of an introverted and subtle visual language. The images don’t mean to be just a narrative voice, but rather try to create an intimate dialogue, suggesting questions rather than answers. Using an unconventional documentary syntax, stories and images bring the observer to something hidden, less immediate, but intimately understandable through our own experiences.
The Black Line is a documentary project aimed to visually and emotionally narrate the untold struggle for dignity of Haitian people and the ever-increasing hiatus between the two halves of the island of Hispaniola, divided between Haiti and Dominican Republic, where the stigma of blackness still pervades the everyday life in the country.
Here the plane of the documented reality intertwines inseparably both with the collective and individual memory of one of the most bloody and unknown genocides in the recent history of Central America, creating a visual sequence with continuous references between present and past, personal and shared stories, following- through the use of dark and cold tones- the endless black thread of violence and racial hatred which has been accompanying the history of the Haitian people for centuries.