The Balogun Particle (2015-ongoing) focuses on the urban transformation taking place in the centre of the Balogun Market in Lagos Island, the biggest market in West Africa. This transformation appears to Vitturi as an inverted process gentrification: a phenomenon already explored in his previous projects, according to which local businesses are displaced by the arrival of a wealthier class of individual. Here instead, the financial companies working in one of the skyscrapers raising at the centre of the market – the Financial Trust House – are gradually being taken over by the street market.

Vitturi observes the street-market life, conceiving the vendors as its smallest particle, whilst documenting the lifelessness of the building, and what was left in from previous activities. It is by observing the crowd, the vendors and their respective goods, that Vitturi interprets through his collages, sculptures and laser cut fragment of photographs, the aesthetic changes, as well as the different layers of meaning, inevitably brought in by the transformation.

BIO

Lorenzo Vitturi lives and works between London and Milan. After graduating in photography and design at IED in Rome (2004) he completed a two years residency at Fabrica, the Benetton centre for research in communication (2005-2007). Formerly a cinema set painter, Vitturi has brought this experience into his photography practice, which revolves around site-specific interventions in well researched locations. He uses photography to set the scene of thoughts and ideas through the manipulation of space, following his projects from creative ideation to realization.

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