This project looks at cultural venues that remained closed during the Covid-19 lockdown: theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas, many of which have been empty for over a year.
In making these images I wanted to record something of the silence and the stillness that hangs over these venues, as if the halls, the seating and the artworks themselves are waiting for our return.
Italo Calvino, in his short story, The Soft Moon, imagines an alternative primordial world, a hard, pristine world, made only of concrete, metal and glass that was forever tarnished by the organic touch of nature. It’s an image I had in mind as I photographed for this project around industrial estates in the North-East of Italy. Here nature is limited and managed to a certain extent. But around the edges and the half-developed corners there is that type of nature that you might not even notice. It is spontaneous and opportunist and there is a certain poverty to it. It could be cut down at any moment to make way for a new car park or factory building and nobody would really care. Like the industrial estate itself, it makes no effort to be pretty. But it shows a determination and an insistence that I admire. It is optimistic. It grows despite us.
A series of portraits of Italian children made during the Coronavirus lock-down in the Spring of 2020.
Each child was photographed on the threshold of their home; representing the physical and psychological space in which they were being confined. The lock-down eventually lasted for more than two months and was one of the strictest in Europe.
The word ‘Threshold’ can also be defined as an event that provokes change and I wanted to document this moment, this point of change, in the lives of these children. They are images of isolation but also of stillness, of non-action, of waiting for a return to possibilities.
The project was exhibited in Bologna in 2020 as part of Cortona on the Move and is featured on the Covid19 Visual Project, a permanent archive related to the current pandemic.
Bosco is a study of the woods near my home in the north of Italy. I am drawn to the small corners of simple woodland where nature is left to it's own devices without being disturbed or managed. This is a work-in-progress that I've been shooting in the winter months over the past 10 years or so.
Exhibited at DuePiani Gallery, Pordenone, Spazio Paraggi, Treviso and Fuori Salone, Milan.
This is a series of fictional landscapes exploring geo-political themes through satellite imagery.
Each panel is made from up to 3000 small pieces of image, reassembled to create a digital mosaic following a particular theme.
I'm interested in looking at the mechanisms that sustain the global economy, whether concerning the production of food and energy, transportation and infrastructure as well as the environmental footprints of human activity.
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The series was exhibited at the Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin, in 2017.
This series looks at empty advertising spaces along the roadside in which appear self-contained landscapes of whatever nature has placed behind them.
Photography has a habit of giving things meaning by the very fact that they have been seen and framed. In this series I wanted to take that further, removing everything but the structure of the sign, thereby inverting the empty space within it.
The absence of a message becomes the message.
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