Chiara Jochetti and the iconography of decay

We publish a contribution to Ticino7 linked to Lerigion

Feel the great attraction for “Art Nouveau Villas, Hotels, Theaters, Spa. Luxury Things”. But also for movies, shelters, hospitals, factories. An interest in the great hotels of the past, Chiara Jochetti admits, “arose out of love for Aviluk Shiny By Kubrick: Long corridors, carpets, dance halls “. Let’s start from the surface. Chiara was born in the mid-eighties, he grew up and still lives in Komana with Dachsund Etor and Mario, a red cat with long spines. 2016 Working from Del Ticino in Korea Where he works with news, sports, events, politics and reporting. He says he likes to travel and gardens, especially to pull weeds: “One by one, until no one is left. It relaxes me.” And we discover that photography, since she was a young girl, is her companion: “If I have historical memories of my adolescence and my friends, thank me. There are photos of all ages. Awesome, but there are”. Then meditatively confirms his proclamation: “I was interested and still interested in fixing the memory”. Chiara, however, was born “late” to professional photographer (although he never was).


© C. Zocchetti
Plus bleu que le bleu de tes yeux.

Self-taught apprentice

Her first training was as a nurse. In 2012, which was the last year of his work in the health sector, he joined a photography course offered by Canton. “I realized I did well” and so she decided to deepen her relationship with the camera by simply dedicating herself to photography. “There was a time when I would go into the woods with my dog ​​every day, shoot incessantly and start taking clear pictures.” It was then that he discovered selection as an issue for abandoned buildings. After that first course, there have been others, but his photographic apprentices are mainly self-taught. Curiosity and dedication, together with the “eye”, catalyze his innate talent to help develop his strategy. Also important are some personalities who influence his path and give him ideas on which to work: “But then everyone takes his own path”, he claims, forming distinct stylistic images. A matrix that develops every day because every situation teaches us. “I learn a lot on the field – he says – and from my colleagues, about my profession.” Work and personal research influence newspaper photography and vice versa: in a profitable virtuous circle.


© C. Zocchetti
The House of the Rising Sun.

Curious eyes

Architecture of abandoned places. We are here. Glimpses of abandonment are slowly captured, over time – when the context allows – to explore and feel the place: “I get lost in a place where there is no one, where there is peace, tranquility”. One of his main stylistic choices is the absence of human imagery, in which, however, deep marks remain. What fascinates him is the beauty of decay, he says. “Peeling is on the walls, in the mold, in the algae, in the plants, in the grasp of the signs of the times. To me these places are works of art in themselves, the main element of which is man removed by nature,” he said, including transport. The second, thanks to time, restarts its place and swallows human waste, which resists. The charm of the Chiara shots is there, in the precise moments where the work of time weaves nature over the work of man, describing the beauty of the ephemerality of existence that is created by opposing memories. By referring back to the painting, one can then find a resemblance with the style Vanitas: His paintings in the title with insights represent a representation of human life through artefacts not created by time, but without the strange moral caution of the illustrated genre. In contrast, the Chiara captures the captivating beauty of a peeled wall that presents the viewer’s eye to the layers of its history as if they were skin, leaving a free rein on the imagination of its past and those who lived in it. An exception: “It’s rare to be able to take pictures of animals in an abandoned place, but I like it a lot, and when it presents itself, I try to take the opportunity. Given all the ham for the purpose will be able to take a picture of him “, he said.


© C. Zocchetti
Night in blue satin.

The geography of abandonment

Switzerland and Tikino – which from this point of view are “poor, because they tend to break down for reconstruction” -, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Romania, Georgia (and Abkhazia), Portugal, or Portugal. Over the years, Chiara has made several “expeditions” to “hunt” for abandoned places, on which she has always been reserved. You never leave abruptly, but each destination is chosen according to what you are looking for: “You leave with your contacts on social networks (which a friend keeps for me), coordinate exchanges. Network of acquaintances for exchange – a real community – Built over time and based on belief and shared experience “anecdotes, more or less risky, many, chiaras are certainly interested in remembering some of the underlying commands for those who explore destroyed buildings and take pictures that are not forced to enter, to break things Or not to snatch. Everything remains intact, only shots and the wonder of discovery are taken away. “It’s a constant search for hidden treasures so you can be a little kid.”


© C. Zocchetti
Gruns Hotel.


Ti-Press / A. Crinari

To know more
Anyone interested in discovering Chiara Zocchetti’s work must not deny the gravity on the wonderful structure, as she periodically publishes some photographs on social media, but she also has a site where you can browse. Over the years, he has performed in Comano (2017), Lugano (2018) and Bellinzona (2021). Recently published under the title Beautiful Volume (Programmatic) Which remains. Pictures of that time (Fontana Edigioni, 2021). We refer you to everything else chiarazocchettifotografa.com And swisspressaward.ch.


© c. Joachetti
Mon manage à moi c’est toi.


© c. Joachetti
Absurd theater.


© c. Joachetti
Cut and sew.


© c. Joachetti
Bar la Fels.


Ti-Press / A. Crinari

Leave a Comment