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Giorgio Barrera

Through the window

The presence of a window through which we are allowed to look inside a home from the exterior is an apparently simple stratagem, but one resulting in a network of various psychological mechanisms that render the meaning of the image more complex.

This element plays a fundamental role in the way in which the image is perceived by the person on the other side and who is the real receiver: the viewer. The viewer’s perspective, now analogous to that of a person standing at a window, either opposite or on the other side of the street – which is totally plausible – acquires greater credibility.

According to Barrera, it is in fact important to leave the viewer with the feeling that he himself is the one looking through his own eyes, with no mediation, and this impression of enjoying a privileged, protected position results in identification with the situation.

Daniele De Luigi