Fondazione Prada presents “Surrogati. Un amore ideale” @ The Osservatorio In Milan

Fondazione Prada’s “Surrogati. Un amore ideale” (Surrogate. A Love Ideal) comprises a selection of 42 photographic works by Jamie Diamond (Brooklyn, USA, 1983) and Elena Dorfman (Boston, USA, 1965.) The project explores the notions of familial, romantic and sexual love. Both artists focus on a specific and unconventional aspect of this universal theme: the emotional link between a man or a woman and a synthetic representation of a human. As explained by Melissa Harris, “together, Diamond’s and Dorfman’s work presented in ‘Surrogati’ vividly and non-judgmentally documents the interactions of humans with their lifelike, inanimate companions.” Both photographers portrayed these lifelike surrogates as desired, fetishized, and idealized beings, “living” as such with their flesh and blood mothers and partners, and sometimes with their immediate families as well. “Surrogati. Un amore ideale” will be on view through July 22 at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Piazza del Duomo, 20123. photographs by Mattia Balsamini