“N is a work that illustrates the conflicted nature of an Italian province and the relationship between it and a section of its inhabitants, in particular the generation in their 30s. Young people with solid backgrounds and training, who have to confront (in the desperate search for a future stability) the contemporary provincial dynamics in which they are trapped, hanging in the balance of leaving or staying, of the desire for a different future and, at the same time, a desire not to give up on their country.
Places in which one must live according to pre-established logic, dictated by a kind of rule from above which prescribes a “normal” existence and “standard” behaviour, a certain type of mentality: the perfect family, idyllic love, the denial of deep cultural values and the celebration of basic entertainment, and working a job without much aspiration.
Yet what is normality? Like a huge black hole, this place seems to swallow us up. There is often a fine thread, at times imperceptible, between a place of belonging and its inhabitants. And what about ambition? The desire to grow for those who try just a little to break out of traditional modes of existence?
The videos show the surface of apparent beauty as the dilated time of these places. The photographs instead, like x-ray images, are a way to go inside them and see what happens to the protagonists who live on the limits of a European periphery.”
Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #07 | ROPES/CORDE
(Firenze, IT, 1984)
He is specialized on Fine Art and documentary photography.
He uses the medium to critically observe and investigate contemporary society, often reconstructed in a metaphorical key, starting from the exploration of a personal condition and experience, also preferring medium and long-term works.
He has won numerous awards and competitions including Giovane Fotografia Italiana #07, promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, GAI and Fotografia Europea Festival (2019), he was also nominated among the “Futures Talents Photographers 2019” for the Futures Photographers Platform. He won the “Leica Talent 24×36” (2011/2012), the Contemporary Views and Transforming Places-Photography Residences in Italy competition, promoted by MiBACT and GAI (2017).
He is among the photographers included in the book “History of photography in Italy. From 1839 to today. ” by G. D’Autilia (Einaudi, Turin 2012).
He is the author of books and publications and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has participated in numerous artistic residencies and lectured at the Universities of Perugia and Teramo.