"Overlaps", 2021, comprises a series of six works, each featuring a pair of contorted, acrobatically posed bodies layered on top of one another. The figures in the images carry out uneasy, performative postures, with their faces mostly out of sight, giving rise to an unsettling combination of beauty and discomfort. Against this clear white backdrop, perhaps ready to be cleaned in Photoshop to provide the perfect, unblemished location for a high-end advertising campaign, these figures subvert typical fashion editorial scenes. In the purity of this setting, the bodies call into question ideas of control and subjugation, power and powerlessness, aesthetics and agency.
A continuation of Bolzoni’s Abuse series, the genesis of Overlaps stems from a byproduct of the commercial printing process. To clean the printing plates during the creation of his book "Abuse II: The Uncanny", already printed pages of his photographs were fed back into the press, leading to an accidental but precise alignment of images on top of each other. The fortuitous result of these perfectly overlapping images helped to further decontextualize the bodies in the photographs. For "Overlaps", Bolzoni has continued to explore this decontextualization, and this accidental process has been repeated intentionally, resulting in 30 slight variations of six overlapping combinations of layered figures.