Michael Mazzeo Gallery is pleased to present Lost Weekend, a selection of 100 unique Polaroid Instant Film images by American photographer, Roberto De Luna. The exhibition is the artist’s first at the gallery.
Rejecting linear narrative for an elliptical stream of consciousness, De Luna presents 100 Polaroid prints in a deliberate confluence of photographic genres and styles. His diaristic images of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and interiors, are documents of long-forgotten experiences, revisited and re-imagined as a questionable account of actual occurrences. Throughout the work, meaningful and meaningless relationships converge to create a fractured dialog of affirmations and contradictions with little possibility of reconciliation.
Typically accepted as an accurate and truthful photographic record, the Polaroid print functions here as mnemonic device, a vernacular tool with which lost memories are re-experienced, reshuffled, and reconstituted into new mythologies. Always asking, “Who am I, who do I need to be?”, we pick and choose, presenting different facts to different people at different times in our lives , consciously or unconsciously, living and altering histories as necessary.
Roberto De Luna has shown internationally in group and solo exhibitions since graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1999, and is best known for his work with Polaroid and instant film images. De Luna has been featured in numerous print publications including The New Yorker, V Magazine, Eyemazing, Soma, The New York Blade, Zing!, The Village Voice, and American Photo.