ICONS - POW December

audio visual exhibition @ Bar Sequence 43 Essex Rd, London, N1
from 7pm till 3am - Friday, 11th December 2009


November 16th – December 11th
Mayfair library, 25 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PB
Monday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm  Saturday 10.30 am – 2 pm

Westminster Mayfair Library

The roots of popular fairy tales and folklore can be traced through time and across belief systems all over the world – Cinderella, for example, is recorded in versions from 9th century a.d China and further into the past. With each culture the heroes and heroines take on different virtues reflecting not only the storytellers take on their society, but also their individual roles in it.
This mixed media exhibition gathers together a group of international artists, all of whose work tells tales - some recounting their own stories, some interpreting stories that have had an impact on them. 

Marisol Cavia, Cristina Cocullo, Emanuela Franchini, Gemma Lowe, Cat Roisetter, Iain Sharpe,
Jakeline Londono

Curated by Camille Rodskjaer

The visit


a visual deconstruction of a structure made of concrete

Photosense Open Wall audio visual exhibition @

Bar Sequence 43 Essex Rd, London, N1
from 7pm till 3am
Friday, 30th October 2009


Heterological Boundaries 2  | Reloaded |

on the second joint exhibition by Cristina Cocullo & Emanuela Franchini

20 -25 October 2009    The Foundry, London

The exhibition is inspired by the Grelling’s paradox, also known as the Heterological Paradox.

According to this semantic paradox, words that describe exactly what they are – such as ‘short’ - are named autological. Words that don’t – such as ‘long’ - are referred to as heterological. The paradox arises then, when one considers whether the word heterological is indeed autological or not.

Heterological Boundaries comprises a series of diptyches in which both artists’ photos are juxtaposed, with the aim of representing Grelling’s paradox in pictures. The unlikely union of the two artists’ very different photographic style forms a series of new images and unleashes new meanings for viewers to discover.

 “We have always been attracted to each other’s photography and the different images we use to convey similar meanings, Grelling goes to the very heart of what we are trying to portray and challenges our sense of meaning.”

Cristina Cocullo

“We decided on the concept of the exhibition early on as we both believe that photography is the best conduit for conveying meaning, these double images sit together without explanation as we want to let people come to their own conclusions about what label belongs to each image. After all, while all the photos are heterological images, a closer look might break through boundaries to reveal their autological meanings.”

Emanuela Franchini



"The 11 Commandments"

5 May - 7 July 2009 at the Refectory, Southwark Cathedral, London.

The 11 Commandments is a visual and personal interpretation of the precepts divinely revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai. In Christian tradition we are accustomed to synthesising the Commandments with ten major precepts which, since the divine event on Mt. Sinai, have guided and shaped everyday life for millions of Christians around the world. The aim of the photographer is not to give us an iconographic representation of each single precept. There is no iconographic representation of the commandments in the history of the visual arts. The closest visual representations to the subject are the film The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille and depictions by a number of artists through time representing the prophet, such as Michelangelo’s Moses. The photography of Cristina Cocullo explores the subject with a deep and personal sensitivity in which metaphor is the principal element used to suggest a single precept. Cocullo’s eye observes how religious iconography is synthesised and reproduced in contemporary life with religious representations which are familiar to us all - modern icons, visual popularisations of the divine. Cristina Cocullo captures these at times with relentless truth, at others with subtle irony, sometimes suggesting reflections on the contemporary state of faith through its popular visual perception. In each photo, Cocullo tries to relate a single precept through a metaphorical image and at the end of this visual journey, through one of the most significant episodes of Christian faith.

With photograph number 11 she challenges us with a personal reflection. Cristina Cocullo produces a mystical and enigmatic image prompting us to question the meaning of the commandments in our daily lives. 



Heterological Boundaries

March 3rd to April 3rd 2009 at the Mayfair Library, London.

Joint exhibition between two Italian photographers: Cristina Cocullo and Emanuela Franchini.

Based on the Grelling’s paradox, also known as Heterological Paradox.

This semantic paradox assumes that autological words are exactly what they describe (“short” is therefore autological being actually short).
Heterological words are those that are not like what they describe (“long” is a perfect example of a heterological word).
The question arises when someone asks whether the word heterological is autological.
If the answer is 'yes', "heterological" is then autological leading to a contradiction.
If the answer is 'no', "heterological" is then heterological and again leading to a contradiction.
These images are a simple attempt to break the heterological boundaries.



Group exhibition at the SFAC Gallery, San Francisco, US, 2007


‘We are all Photographers Now!’
Group exhibitions at the Musée de l’Elysée, Lousanne, Switzerland, 2007


Solo exhibition at The Foundry, London 2005


RHS Photographic Prize
London 2003




 Group touring exhibition organized by D’Ars
 Agency. Milan, Bologna and Trento, Italy  2001


‘The Human Side of Toys’

Solo touring exhibition around different Italian cities (Pavia, Cairoli College University of Pavia; Milan, Galleria Officina Fotografica; Bologna, St. Maria Della Salute Museum) 2001

A series of images the theme of which is 'the humanisation of toys'. Close-ups of characters dear to the kids of yesterday and today such as Barbie or Picachu, alternate with Teddy bears and more anonymous puppets, collected and portrayed in England and Italy. A Teddy bear reads a newspaper, dolls posing like Hollywood queens, a plastic astronaut expresses the pride of a bemedalled NASA space hero, are just some of the characters portrayed by Cocullo. "I behaved like a child would with his toys, inventing stories, putting life into something made of plastic or cloth, charging it with feelings and emotions, making it become human", says Cocullo who, with her camera, has investgated the toys using her lenses to give life to unanimated characters, and through her images she makes those faces expressive and impreganted with a human feature.

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