X/Y PROJECT has been designed and produced by the artists Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini.
If Maura were the mother of the project, then Luca were itsĀ eternalĀ lover.

X/Y The X/Y PROJECT isn’t really easy to define, maybe because its very definition is left somehow open to the interpretation of each of its participants. The original idea’s seed was to give a chance to anybody to be part of a work of art and, to do so, to make the latter modular and repeatable. An infinitely long dinner table has been chosen for this purpose, and we decided to have it photographed from two perspectives, one frontal and one from above. The two perspectives introduce other dissimilarities, spatial and temporal, not only in the furniture and in the subject’s costume, but also in the frontal image depicting the “beginning” of the dinner, and the one from above showing the “end” of it.
The scenario brings along as many dichotomous concepts, such as order-chaos, good-evil, life-death, apparent-hidden, truth-lie, as religious symbolisms, like the last supper, the human and the godly perspective, and the free will.
So, what’s the X/Y PROJECT? It’s a visual research, from a symbolic and iconographic viewing point, of the innerly dichotomous nature of the human being, constantly hanging the balance in the precarious equilibrium between order and chaos, good and evil, life and death. And it is an open and collaborative research, meaning that each participant brings his or her own interpretation of this concept, meditating on his or her dichotomies as if they were the “soul’s cartesian axes” and from there picturing how his/her life and body would look like at the most dramatic extremes of such axes.
This means that every shot comes with a true and personal story, deeply human in its very nature. These stories will be collected, together with the shots, in this blog for as long as there will be participants willing to share their view on the concept and to be pictured in it, becoming part of an open, collaborative, and potentially extremely alive work of art. You’re all invited, of course!

02 Jul

140/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.20, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/11, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.10 – X Ottavia Di Blasi, Architect. Creative Guest of the X/Y PROJECT. “My dichotomy is my being a seasonal Dr. Jekyll and Mr. […]

01 Jul

139/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.19, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/16, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.10 – Y Ottavia Di Blasi, Architect. Creative Guest of the X/Y PROJECT. “My dichotomy is my being a seasonal Dr. Jekyll and Mr. […]

30 Jun

138/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.18, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/11, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.9 – X Marina Manfredi, Brand Manager. Creative Guest of the X/Y PROJECT. “Now I struggle to constantly question myself, to try what I […]

29 Jun

137/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.17, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/16, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.9 – Y Marina Manfredi, Brand Manager. Creative Guests of X/Y PROJECT. “Till my twenties I lived in the firm belief to be always […]

28 Jun

136/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.16, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/11, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.8 – X Valentina Gigliotti, Lawyer. Creative Guests of X/Y PROJECT. “When we look at the remains we leave behind us, than grayness and […]

27 Jun

135/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.15, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/16, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.8 – Y Valentina Gigliotti, Lawyer. Creative Guests of X/Y PROJECT. “We are forced to a gluttonous and shameless consumerism, thrown as we are […]

26 Jun

134/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.14, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/11, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.7 – X Filippo Golin, Digital Artist, Doris Rittenshober, Nutritionist. Creative Guest of X/Y PROJECT. “The Great Gatsby epitomizes the loneliness of a man […]

25 Jun

133/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.13, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/16, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.7 – Y Filippo Golin, Digital Artist, Doris Rittenshober, Nutritionist. Creative Guest of X/Y PROJECT. “In modern society the roles of man and woman […]

24 Jun

132/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.12, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/11, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.6 – X Giulia Rossi. Creative Guest of X/Y PROJECT. “Is there any real substance in this pre-cooked and frozen society? Should we turn […]

23 Jun

131/365 – “X/Y PROJECT” nr.11, a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr. Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss ISO200, f/16, 1/125, raw X/Y PROJECT – Maura Manfredi and Luca Rossini Character nr.6 – Y Giulia Rossi. Creative Guest of X/Y PROJECT. Linda: God! Can’t you cook anything but TV dinners? Allen: Who bothers to cook […]