Feb 15th 2019

Rafael Soldi: Life Stand Still Here

@ Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, February 15th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, March 16th

Filter Photo is pleased to present Life Stand Still Here, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Rafael Soldi. The artist will be joining us for the opening reception and will discuss his work at 7:30 PM.

Life Stand Still Here explores internal dialogues and moments when life and its darkest facets can offer monumental symbolism. Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Rafael Soldi is interested in the elusive abstract space within us that defines the core of our psyche. With the idea that each of us has a certain resolute innerness—a core of selfhood that we can’t share with others because it is so private, internalized and visceral, Soldi is drawn to this ambiguous, sometimes painful inner darkness, not the kind that is perverse, but the kind that feels unknown and is, by default, frightening.

Through a variety of image-making techniques, Soldi opens an interplay between viewers’ histories and his own, a kind of dark mirroring that makes visible our shared psychic struggles. For Soldi, these images serve as a tool to process personal concerns around trauma, immigration, childhood, recurring dreams, spirituality, and the human condition.

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