Life Stand Still Here
Over the last decade my practice has focused on the visceral qualities that drive emotional and 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. Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, I am interested in the elusive abstract space within us that defines the core of our psyche. Many people accept 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. 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, viewers can find an entry point into my deepest self—my interest is in opening the interplay between their 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, 22-ft long installation titled Imagined Futures, comprised of 50 seemingly identical self portraits. This work addresses a timeless concern that is universal to all 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 the last 18 months I've used 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.
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