JEST is a photography project by Ilaria Turba and a book released at the end of 2016 by Peperoni Books, Berlin.
JEST originates from Ilaria Turba’s exploration of her own family photo archive: five generations of images dating from 1870 to today: a brief history of photography through the author’s family archive
JEST – meaning ‘playful act, joke’ – started with the accidental fall of two images: the launch of Apollo 11 and a woman embracing a shotgun. Their association created an unexpected visual paradox.
In JEST, the author photographs and manipulates photography, duplicating and staging images, thus creating a ‘constellation’ that intertwines universal and private stories.