IN QUARTA PERSONA
Since the 60s Italy has enabled substantial transformation processes of some territories and its traditions in the name of a progress: a new identity that had to be technically able to connect the most isolated areas of the country, the most remote souls with this promise of change.
Still today the Calabria region, territory of our research – fragment and icon of many South – is a land where the challenge of modernity is historically told through a fragile geopolitical, environmental and existential balance.
In quarta persona (In fourth person) is a multimedia research that identifies the regional landscape as an expression of a complex stratification ofttimes, languages and images that have characterized the whole Country’s last 50 years of history.
Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #04 | SIDEWAYS
He is a visual artist and author, active as well in the cultural, cinematographic and media industry. His research – based approach combines documentary practices and contemporary audiovisual strategies, using video, film, photography, installation. 20th century’s history, geopolitics and aesthetics are the ideal research field of his projects.
In 2016 he started with the artist Filippo Menichetti the project “In Quarta Persona”, a multilayered research, a mixed media installation and a book about Italy’s last 50 years of political history. In 2019 he won Premio per l’Arte Italia–Argentina, a contemporary art prize and residency exhibited as a solo show videoinstallation at the Italian Institute of Culture of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among others, his work was awarded and presented by: Lia Rumma Gallery, Lucy Art Residency 2018, FOAM Talent 2017, Triennial of Hamburg 2018, Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, Echoes of Anthropocene China, Plat(t)form #17, Giovane Fotografia Italiana @ Fotografia Europea 2016.
Filippo Menichetti was born in Florence in 1986. In 2009, after graduating in Psychology at “La Sapienza” of Rome he decided to entirely embrace photography. After a year traveling between the United States, Europe and Asia he attended a master’s degree in photojournalism and reportage to the Scuola Romana di Fotografia in Rome.
There he approached large format photography with a project on the urban landscape (“Ostia”, 2010) directing his gaze to the interactions between man and his environment. In 2012 he founded the collective PanAut with other authors of the Danish School of Media and Journalism where he graduated with “What Remains – meditations on a landscape”, produced on the West Coast of Denmark. In late 2013 he moved to Naples (IT), where he begin the collaboration with the photographer and video maker Martin Errichiello. From 2015 he start a visual research on the recent history of Calabria region, in southern Italy, that will become the project “In Fourth Person”, realized together with Errichiello. From 2018 he lives and works in Paris.