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20140425 Yorgos

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20140425 Yorgos

From the series A Failed Entertainment








80 x 100 cm
31.50 x 39 in

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  • About the work

20140425 Yorgos, 2016, inkjet print on Canson Baryta, Ed. 1/6

This project is the result of a three-year research on the territory of Milan. Here, Alessandro Calabrese photographed a variety of realities that, on one hand, identify the city itself and, on the other, they define his experience of the place: from the outskirts to downtown, from the streets to the institutional venues, from the abandoned buildings to the construction sites of the new ones, up to the people he cares of.

As a color-film photographer Calabrese has always held with the concept of authorship, approaching reality in a straight way. Intrigued by the potential of the Reverse Image Search powered by Google, he got interested in whether and how the digital visual patrimony, boundless and democratic, could fit within a similar attitude. Calabrese uploaded his photographs to the website: each of them would generate dozens of images to be considered as visually similar, at least according to the standards of similarity of the algorithm located in the application. Once collected – according to a random selection in terms of quantity and type – all sorts of images received from the web, he put aside the original photographs, hiding them within the new body of work, and started to print each of the anonymous files on acetate sheets, always keeping their original download size. The overlapping of multiple layers, backlit as some kind of multifaceted light box, separated the visually similar images from the original ones, increasingly. All in all, he scanned each group of acetates into one digital image, flattening them and seeing them merge into a new single vision.

A Failed Entertainment - published by Skinnerboox

Die Deutsche Punkinvasion - published by Skinnerboox

Thoreau - published by Skinnerboox

About the Artist

1983 Trento, Italy

After graduating in architecture from the IUAV University in Venice, in 2012 he completed a Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts) in Milan, and moved to Amsterdam, working both as an assistant to the photographer Hans Van Der Meer and with Paradox. Back in Italy, he began to collaborate with publishers such as Skinnerboox and Genda Magazine, and since 2015 he has worked as a professor at the Carrara Fine Arts Academy of Bergamo. In 2013, he was shortlisted for the first edition of the Francesco Fabbri Prize, and in 2014, together with Milo Montelli, he edited the book A Drop In The Ocean published by Edition Du Lic, winner of the Prina Prize and displayed on the occasion of Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia. In 2015, he was selected once more with the same project for the Francesco Fabbri Prize, and was invited to present his work at the Winterthur Fotomuseum on the occasion of Pla(t)form. A finalist at the Prix Levallois 2015 (Paris), together with the publishing house Skinnerboox, he published Die Deutsche Punkinvasion, which was then displayed during the Fotopub Festival of Novo Mesto (Slovenia). In September 2015, he was chosen from among the 21 young talents on the international photography scene by Foam Magazine with the work A Failed Entertainment, displayed at the Atelier Neerlandais (Paris), De Markten (Brussels) and the Beaconsfield Gallery (London). With the same project in 2016 he won the Graziadei prize and exhibited his work at MACRO (Rome) and also at Festival Fotografia Europea (Reggio Emilia) where he presented the book published by Skinnerboox. Impasse is his first solo show featuring his last series The Long Thing. From 2016 he has been represented by Viasaterna.

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Milan, via Leopardi 32

VIASATERNA was created in 2015 on the initiative of Irene Crocco, founder in 2011 of the project Da vicino, in which she exhibited the artworks of various Italian artists in her Milanese apartment. The gallery name is inspired by and pays tribute to Via Saterna, an imaginary street described by Dino Buzzati in his “Poema a Fumetti”, (1969, Arnoldo Mo...

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