Les attentes – The Waiting

Work-in-progress. Through this project, I aspire to portray places of unexpected encounters and discoveries where tension and boredom cohabit: waiting rooms. I investigate their potential to unfold in places of both the everyday and the extraordinary. From doctor offices to airports, I am documenting and examining the architecture of various waiting rooms and using these spaces—real and/or restaged—as sets for fictional stories and actions. How do we wait, and what exactly is the experience of waiting like? I want to look at the subtle movements of a person waiting, the anxious state of being in between two moments.

I have started the production of the project in 2016 through three art residencies: a two-month stay at La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris (France), another two-month stay at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo (Japan), and a four-day stay at Lastation in Gagliano de Capo, the headquarter of the art association Ramdom located above the waiting room of the last train station of the line going to the South East region of Italy. I observed and photographed various waiting settings and cultures around the world in an attempt to weave a poetic narrative that illustrates these shared experiences.

During these residencies, I invited 32 participants in my temporary studio spaces to shoot a series of video. The participants were asked to wait for several minutes in an imaginary waiting room (my studio) and then to share their observations and waiting stories in front of the camera. I have also photographed various waiting spaces and related objects for the construction of large format composite images. These images are meant to distort an exhibition space into a strange room where the viewers are asked to stop, wait and rediscover the room they are in. Photographs of the architectural elements of the actual exhibition room are mixed with elements of the waiting rooms I documented.