It is spelled “(In)visible”, it reads graphics on walls. This project is mid-way between photography and illustration, by the Portuguese Ana Ventura, who is currently presenting a book and exhibition at Hamelin in Bologna.
Project “(In)visiveis” by the illustrator Ana Ventura comes from a trip to a Portuguese town. On the walls of an old house, Ana sees a person’s face. A drawing, an engraving? She steps closer and realises that in actual fact, it is just a crack in the plaster.
After catching it on camera, she transforms the imperfection in the wall with Photoshop into the creature it had originally appeared to be, with the minimal and dreamy approach which distinguishes her work. “Simply add a skirt, the legs, the mouth and the eyes. The rest is already on the wall”, Ana tells us.
And so she went on with other characters, who appeared to her on other walls of houses across Portugal which she is now collecting. She has plenty of photos waiting to come to life, a work in progress that might become a launch pad for a collaboration with street artists.
Ana is currently presenting her first illustrated book in Bologna (Nove storie sull’amore (“Nine Tales about Love”), published by Topipittori), written by Giovanna Zoboli, and the exhibition entitled Amiche Lontane / Distant Friends in collaboration with Camilla Engman. An occasion to meet the illustrator from Queluz de Baixo in person.
Photos © Ana Ventura
Text taken from an interview by Eliana Tomàs of Ana Ventura