By intertwining his own photographs of fossils with found video footage from YouTube, Conti creates a narrative that revolves around the orogenesis process which formed the Alps. For hundreds of millions of years, these mountains have been overwhelmed by water. They were the seabed of the ocean Tethys which, extinguishing, left behind fossils of fish and corals. Nowadays, they are still present on the Alps surfaces constituting an undoubted proof of the process.
By employing this small window on the alpine history as a starting point, he investigates the relationship amongst images, the notion of truth, and how they can be used to create evidence of facts. Grounded in epistemological theories, he questions the contemporary problems of image dematerialization in the ether and how societies trust the knowledge that these images convey.
InkJet Prints 106 x 140 cm, four-channel video (5 minutes, 27 seconds)
Monitor Gallery, Gothenburg, SE, 2020