Life Stand Still Here

Over the last decade my practice has focused on the visceral qualities that drive transcendental experiences in my life. A search to define my identity as a queer Latino man has been a driving force in my work. Life Stand Still Here explores internal dialogues and moments when life and its darkest facets can offer monumental symbolism. I am interested in the elusive abstract space within us that defines the core of our psyche. I’m 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, I open the interplay between the viewers’ histories and mine, a kind of dark mirroring that makes visible our shared psychic struggles.

A cornerstone of this body of work is a large, 14-ft long installation titled Imagined Futures, comprised of 50 seemingly identical self portraits. This work addresses a concern that is universal to most immigrants. How do we grieve the life we left behind in order to live this one? What do we do with these haunting visions and questions about the lives we left behind? For two years I used analog photo booths to capture the loss of imagined futures, bidding each farewell in a private ritual. Each passport-sized photograph invites an intimate viewing experience, which blurs as one steps away to reflect on the larger grid.The photo booth acts as a picture-making apparatus that contains the entirety of my body, a small stage for a monumental performance both private and public all at once, captured once, one of a kind.



Internally Yours: A Conversation between Jon Feinstein & Rafael Soldi
In The In-Between

Rafael Soldi: Life Stand Still Here

Rafael Soldi: Life Stand Still Here at ClampArt

Rafael Soldi Casts Off Art School Lessons In His Series " Life Stand Still Here"
Feature by Conor Risch on PDN (print and online)

Rafael Soldi Solo Exhibition at ClampArt
We Are The Color

Life Stand Still Here
Wall Street International Magazine

Photographing Loss with an Abstract Lens
by Jon Feinstein on Humble Arts Foundation

Viewing Photographer Rafael Soldi Through the Lens of Diane Arbus
Review on The Stranger by Jen Graves