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Untitled 01

From the series Eel Soup








70 x 100 cm
27.56 x 39 in

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  • About the work

Eel Soup, evokes the estranging image of a wriggling mass with no end and no beginning, fluid and shapeless. Similarly, the works twist, close and open up again in space, creating a series of significant configurations. Clavarino focuses on elusive details, on delicate natural and human presences, revealing relationships that are doomed to remain invisible when they aren't captured by the camera's lens. The artist highlights the fragility of contemporary connections, showing both the distance and the proximity of the elements he photographs, cutting out details and creating a tension between what is shown and what remains outside of the frame. The images refer to Izko's sculptures, which form organic, epidermic apparatuses, capable of translating the photographic signs into the slits and junctures of clay. Thus the plasticity of ceramics is used as a source to reproduce the human figure into multiple dimensions and forms, as the work itself is the result of an encounter, an alchemic process shaped by natural elements.

About the Artist

1984 Turin, Italy

After studying creative writing at Alessandro Baricco’s Scuola Holden in Torino, he went on to pursue a career in documentary photography at BlankPaper Escuela directed by Fosi Vegue in Madrid. He also taught there between 2012 and 2017. He’s currently finishing his Master of Research at the Royal College of Art in London. Clavarino’s work is centred on different subjects, touching on topics such as power, history and representation.

He has published six books so far: Ukraina Pasport (Fiesta Ediciones, 2011), Italia o Italia (Akina, 2014), The Castle (Dalpine, 2016), La Vertigine (Witty Kiwi, 2017), Hereafter (Skinnerboox, 2019) and Alvalade (XYZ, 2019). His work has been exhibited in different parts of Italy and Europe, in festivals such as PhotoEspaña, Les Recontres d'Arles and Fotofestiwal Łódź, in galleries, including Viasaterna in Milan, Temple in Paris, Espace JB in Geneve, and in museums (Caixa Forum Madrid / Barcellona, MACRO Roma).

He has led several workshops and lectured in museums (MACRO a Rome, CCCB a Barcelona, Museo San Telmo in San Sebastian, Victoria and Albert Museum in London) as well as in schools (ISSP in Latvia, D.O.O.R. e Officine Fotografiche in Rome) and universities (Leeds, Roehampton, South Wales, Navarra).

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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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