Lisa Carletta

Lisa Carletta born in 1982, lives and works in Brussels & Londen

When I was young, I had fun making little movies with my sisters and my cousins , I’ve always loved telling stories and getting everyone involved. When I was 13 years, I had the chance to do a year of photography courses in college. I quickly realized what fascinated me was the people. 

After my studies in advertising, I finally continued what I loved the most, photographing people and telling stories in the staging. I have always worked in a very intuitive way. I try to accurately reproduce the images I have in mind, it’s not always easy, because I often have to adapt to existing locations.

The decor and accessories are very important for me, it helps to situate my character, reveal his personality and tell a part of his history.

Just a few clouds between us

Just a few clouds between us is an autobiographical story, a continuation of the Mini Me series from 2012, about new beginnings, new steps of life, when you are waiting for something new to happen. In her desire to express her vivid fantasy, Carletta uses photography to convert her stories into images. With the use of color, light, characters and symbols, Carletta creates a fantasy world where nothing is what it seems.

Recurring themes in Carletta’s work are taken from her personal life, in which good and bad memories from her own life take a central role. In doing so, Carletta creates images that are whimsical and colorful, but at the same time show insecurities and anxieties that will feel familiar too.

Lisa was inspired by the unrealistic lighting of Suspiria, a horror movie from 1977, directed by Dario Argento where he has tried to remove all realism and create a totally articifial reality. Lisa tries to create the same feeling in her series, for example how to play on real fears we have.

Carletta portrays the transition from girl to young woman. In her own characteristic way, Carletta pictures are a coming-of-age experience we all have been through.

The impassiveness of the models is amplified by their matching looks: the red short hair and big eyes represent the appearance of the artist herself. Carletta’s attention for detail and aesthetics provide for works that are dreamlike and nostalgic.

I love you mummy

It’s the story of a family, particularly of a mother and her daughter. A relationship which could be normal… except when this little girl is found to fill the desires of her mother, trying desperately to get her attention. In vain.

This mother seems lost in her thoughts that she doesn’t seem to pay attention to her daughter. Roles are clearly reversed, the little girl wastes her time taking care of her mother. Nevertheless she loves her and tries to look like her, always in the same purpose, to be loved.

Mini Me

In this series I tried to lay myself bare. I have shown my fears, my habits, all these little obsessions that define me. I’m very anxious, as many people working in the same field as mine, and many of these anxieties back to my childhood.

It is from this that I found interesting and evident to represent me as the child who are still in me. I mainly focused on this series anguish of loneliness, the fear of being alone, which is omnipresent in my work in general.

I decided to work duplicating my model to add a temporal dimension by creating multiple ellipses in the same photo, a method commonly used in film, my main source of inspiration. This way of “telling” my story helped me to materialize this feeling of fear settling insidiously.