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Untitled 04

From the series The Long Thing








30 x 40 cm
11.81 x 16 in

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  • About the work

Untitled 04, 2017, inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Gloss Baryta, cm 40x30, Ed. 2/3 

While in A Failed Entertainment the artist decides to sacrifice his own role as author of the work, delegating the choice of those photographs found online that make up the final work to software, in The Long Thing Calabrese abandons the camera once again while going back to ‘writing with light’ through the use of a scanner: files, folders, elastic bands, sticky tape, squared paper and documents are transformed through movements, shifts and mechanical action. Which against the background of this practice, give us a glimpse into those Offices of Bureaucracy, viewed here as the Temple of Boredom.

Driven by a sort of iconoclastic instinct (in which photography does not end up being destroyed so much as being de-structured), Calabrese progressively moves away from figurative representation to the point of blurring the borders of reality and leading photography into the field of abstraction. Colour, shape and matter; but also transparency, in-consistency, non-presence and the creation of a suspended space in which every tiny variation is substantial, and the principle of differentiation is based on the continuous repetition of a gesture that brings images to life which are similar but at the same time different, yet almost always identical to one another: a sort of vicious circle.

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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About the Gallery


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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