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Shadow Sites II – Jananne Al-Ani

From the past to modern times, both archeological research and modern aerial surveillance systems show that the areas of war in the Middle East have always been depicted as empty and nefarious. In particular, the media coverage during the Gulf War provided a series of images of hostile locations with no history and no people. Shadow Sites […]

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Esperimento di riappacificazione forzata con la specie – Federica Mutti

An artist, at the beginning of his career, is often a redbreast. Most of the time he can be noticed alone and still, focused in defining the limits of his space and research. His energy, steady and inflexible, sparks around him diverting the flow of particles in the air; its chest seems to crumble and […]

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Surveillance Chess – !Mediengruppe Bitnik

“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?” Surveillance Chess is a performance for a single and unusual recipient: the security staff’s surveillance monitor in its control position. Equipped with an interfering transmitter, the collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik hacks surveillance cameras in pre-Olympic London and illegaly assumes control, […]

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Iceberg – Giorgio di Noto

The data we get from the online search engines are just a small part of the huge amount that populates the web. The project The Iceberg inspects the structure of internet, analysing in particular the deep web, where encrypted, illegal contents are shared and are kept invisible to Google’s search. The deep web is an […]

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Dying Birds – Trine Søndergaard e Nicolai Howalt

Dying Birds by Trine Søndergaard and Nicolai Howalt is a series of photographs on birds shot by hunters. The black and white images, often so blurry to make the shape of the animal least visible, don’t stay on particularly cruel and bloody details. The passing moment is though treated with extreme delicacy, with a poetic effort in […]

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Everyone has something to share – Giovanni Fredi

Everyone has something to share, but where does anything that has posted goes through the modern techological devices? What is the destiny of the Flusser’s ‘technoimages’? Giovanni Fredi is a young artist that decided to collect and appropriate, without asking any authorization neither to the interested subjects, nor to the effective devices’ owners, of the […]

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Lampedusa (o dell’esteso deserto), Massimiliano Gatti

The title of Massimiliano Gatti’s project was inspired by a recurrent expression in Pier Paolo Pasolini writings: in the essays I nomi o il grido della rana or in Se la pittura odierna potesse stimarsi di un genere poetico, the analogy between the dry and infertile desertic landscape and the existential human condition, often appears . Compared to the infinite shades […]

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Il capo – Yuri Ancarani

Il capo is one of the episode, together with Da Vinci (2012) and Piattaforma Luna (2011), of the trilogy The Malady of Iron, with which Yuri Ancarani reflects on the work dimension, telling realities usually hidden or poorly visible in the everyday life. In the video all the attention is focused on the head (chief) of the marble […]

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Thousand Little Brothers – Hasan Elahi

“Anyone (…) is seen, but does not see; object of an information, never subject of a communication”. In these words is summarized the Panopticon idea, an ideal IIXth-century prison in which on only one only attendant is in charged of observing all the prisoners without making them conscious of the control action. Hasan Elahi seems to […]

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Automagic – Anouk Kruithof

An aphorism by the british writer Arthur C. Clarke in the essay of 1973 ‘Profiles of the future‘ states: «…any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic». Automagic by Anouk Kruithof is a reflection on the possibilities expressed by the technological media in creating suggestions not ascribable to the rational context. Kruithof gleans from his personal archive a collection of photography made […]

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Severe Clear – David Birkin

In 1946, as part of a famous essay, Orwell wrote that “political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness”. Roughly sixty years after, during the Memorial Day weekend, the words “Existence or nonexistence” suddenly appear in Manhattan sky, quickly captured and uploaded on social media by random witnesses of the events, […]

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The End [Action #5] – Andrea Galvani

The work The End [Action #5] by Andrea Galvani is part of a wider research, named The End Trilogy (2013-2016), that aims to enrich the experience of physical rules that govern reality, in the effort of re-define the thin boundary between visible and invisible. The video, reproduced through a golden macbook placed on a cement base, is […]

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k.364 – Douglas Gordon

An exercise of portraiture, after the collaboration between Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno for ‘Zidande : a 21st Century Portrait’, k.364 depicts the hidden history of a musical pièce. It runs along the trip made by Avril Levitan and Roi Shiloach –  two Israeli musicians of Polish descent – while they are coming back to the land their […]

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Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise – Christopher Baker

There is still a long road ahead for the democratic promise of digital revolution and, like any other landmark change, it still has some dead zones. Christopher Baker’s videoinstallation, composed by more than 5,000 videos taken from online platforms such as YouTube or Facebook, reflects on this topic. All the videos are put together on […]

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[Sic.] – Eric Baudelaire

In Eric Baudelaire’s video [Sic.], a woman in a bookshop in Kyoto is reviewing all the items just delivered, censoring, title after title, all the details that cannot be seen. The technique used is called bokashi, which implies that, by using a bisturi, everything that can cause sexual excitement in the viewer is scratched and deleted […]

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We Live in Mannerist Times – Pablo Bronstein

Pablo Bronstein, by using technical sketches that are the result of his studies in architecture, reflects on the principles of architectural design through history and on the power of large-scale planning for big projects. Every drawing, map or section realised by the artist are separated from their original function and the result seems to challenge […]

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The Others – Eva and Franco Mattes

“They could easily be my stolen moments, yet I want to see more”. The Others is a slideshow including around 10,000 photographs, taken from different computers whose users were completely unaware of these being used. The images are projected with songs, as a soundtrack, that were taken from the same devices. From the technical point […]

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Martin Errichiello e Filippo Menichetti, In quarta persona, 2016

In Quarta Persona – Martin Errichiello and Filippo Menichetti

Photographs, video, archival documents and audio recordings compose Martin Errichiello and Filippo Menichetti’s narration. The tale in the work In Quarta Persona (In Fourth Person) is told by different voices, aiming to retrace the recent events of Italian history. In particular, they are mapping the territory of Calabria region alongside the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway. […]

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Illustrated People – Thomas Mailaender

The book Illustrated People was realised by French artist Thomas Mailaender during a residency at the Archive of Modern Conflict, in London, publisher that is acquiring a huge number of photographs with the aim of representing conflict. His pages alternate the black and white reproduction of some images taken from the archive and the images […]

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Limit Telephotography – Trevor Paglen

The relationship between vision and knowledge has never been as unstable and ambiguous as it is today. In the project Limit Telephotography, Trevor Paglen presents a series of distorted pictures, confused and abstracted; these represent secret military facilities that are displaced in remote areas of the United States, mostly invisible to the naked eye. In […]

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The Brother’s Suicide – Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

The work realised by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin in 2008, during a period spent in Afghanistan together with some British military units, is very different from the kind of photojournalism that is usually known. In this case, the two artists entrusted the soldiers with a lightproof box containing a roll of photosensitive paper, thus […]

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Thomas Albdorf, I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before, 2015

I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before – Thomas Albdorf

The first images that naturally come to mind when we think about Austria are its monumental mountain ranges. In Thomas Albdorf’s photographies, however, the Alpes are just a pretext, a screen, a two-dimensional surface that serves as the background for other elements. In the project I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before, […]

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Mimed Sculptures – Davide Balula

  A series of pink gloves focuses the spectators’ attention on seven pedestals with no sculptures. The gloves are worn by a team of performers who accurately describe the invisible shapes and let us perceive a specific image: a sculpture that is already part of our memory and emerges little by little in our mind. […]

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You haven’t seen their faces – Daniel Mayrit

If digital manipulation determined a loss in the credibility of the photographic medium, in some cases the opposite tendency can be noticed. After London’s disorders of 2011, the metropolitan police distributed a series of leaflets with low-resolution images of alleged criminals taken from CCTV cameras: these pictures immediately became proof of these people’s guilt, as […]

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Light of God – James Bridle

Light of God is an attempt to provide a visual equivalent to what the drone operator of Omer Fast’s Five Thousand Feet is the Best provides as ‘light of God’. It is a ray of laser light used in Afghanistan and in Iraq to aim the target for a missile, which is visible only with […]

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Anne Geene, Parcel nr. 235. Encyclopaedia of an Allotment Garden, 2010

No. 235 / Encyclopaedia of an Allotment – Anne Geene

In No. 235 / Encyclopaedia of an Allotment, Anne Geene reflects on the contemporary trend of photography to focus on the smaller details (rather than on the overall view) of the phenomena under analysis. The title of the project refers to a small lot of land in the outskirts of Rotterdam, one of the most […]

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DIORAMA – SOHEI NISHINO

In 1749, John Rocque realised a formidable mapping oft he city of London by combining the most traditional techniques for topographic survey with experimental ways of measuring the space. In 2010, Sohei Nishino walks through the streets of the English capital, accumulating a number of pictures in order to create his own map oft he […]

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Hidden Islam – Nicolò de Giorgis

Hidden Islam is an accurate map of the temporary houses of prayer that the Muslim population improvised in Northern Italy to deal with the difficulties of getting official permissions due to the adverse political situation. The author, Nicolò Degiorgis, inspects these spaces from two points of view, which are mirrored also in the publication: black […]

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Big Eye Kabul – Antonio Ottomanelli

Antonio Ottomanelli, attentive towards the dynamics between the individual and the public space, in Big Eye Kabul raises his gaze. In his pictures, he shows the dirigibles used by the US army to control the occupied territories. In this overturned gaze, who usually observes is now observed, and in this momentary role reversal is possible […]

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The Honeymoon – Juno Calypso

Penn Hills Resort, Pennsylvania. A sense of sweetened anachronism emanates from the images of Juno Calypso’s series The Honeymoon. Joyce, the artist’s alter ego, is immersed in the solitude of the hotel room – a place mainly frequented by couples during their romantic vacations. Surrounded by outmoded furniture and soft coloured wallpapers, the young woman […]

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Matter / Burn Out – Daisuke Yokota

Daisuke Yokota has presented the serie ‘Matter‘ to the public as an immense installation using 100,000 photographic prints, emphasizing the texture and materiality of photograph surfaces by mass-printing images from photo books and ordinary life on rolls of paper and solidifying them in wax. ‘MATTER / BURN OUT’ is an extension of the work series ‘Matter’ […]

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Compleanno – Marilisa Cosello

Compleanno (Birthday) is a diary for images that the artist Marilisa Cosello has imagined as description of her multiple personality, finding five characters that represent five different people living inside her, telling the origin, the present and the future of herself : The Bride, The Lover, The Man, The bourgeois woman, The Two Children. Birthday is the day […]

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Over their dead bodies – Kensuke Koike

“Some time ago, browsing through old photographs in a flea market, two group portraits caught my eye. Of the eight women in the first photo, six appeared in the other photo as well. I recognized them from their faces not their dresses, which were different. No clue as to what photo was shot first. On the reverse […]

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Endabeni – Mohau Modisakeng

South-African artist Mohau Modisakeng uses self-portrait, in the forms of photogrpahy, video and performace, to propose his own reflections on the imagery that surrounding the black body, particularly the South-African one. A body that is inevitably connected to the ideas of violence and linked to the crimes of apartheid and racial segregation that was in […]

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Anagram – Marco Signorini

From 2013 Marco Signorini has been working on the potential power of digital technology, driving his research into the fertile land of a new reality that performs the universe we inhabit. His method, tranfert from the computer, considers the digital as a constitutive part of the image. As in the combining game of the anagram, […]

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Tandem – Manon Wertenbroek

Nurtured by emotions and feelings such intimate than can’t find suitable words, Manon Wertenbroek‘ work literally creates, models the images through a material and multi-layered intervention, where clay and paper become sperimental medium and the space could be concurrently lived and perceived. In this necessity of gift back a materiality to the inner energy, the sculpture acts a vital […]

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Rain – Yoshinori Mizutani

Rain is one of the most recent projects by Japanese artist Yoshinori Mizutani, that shows the streets of Tokyo from a totally new point of view. Characterized by strong contrasts of the colours of the objects in the images, like umbrellas or cars, and the alternation of blacks and white of the zebra crossings, which […]

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Casting Out the Self – Dominic Hawgood

The experience in advertising of artist Dominic Hawgood, who now lives and works in London, is at the origin of his construction of images. Using a similar language in terms of light, digital manipulation and post-production, Hawgood aims to inspect the limits of perceptions, the spiritual/religious ecstasy, and the alterations of the mental status of […]

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Dads – Camille Leveque

“I thought it would be relevant to ironically use photography to convey absence – a media often, and almost automatically used to reframe memory. The whole point of the project was to maintain the idea of a ‘hole’ in the picture, symbolizing the hole in the family. Using pictures of a family without a dad on […]

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The Modern Spirit is Vivisective – Francesca Catastini

“The modern spirit is vivisective. Vivisection itself is the most modern process one can conceive. The ancient spirit accepted phenomena with bad grace. The ancient method investigated law with the lantern of justice, morality with the lantern of revelation, art with the lantern of tradition. But all these lanterns have magical properties: they transform and […]

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Wakeful Dreams – Christto & Andrew

The work of the artists Christto & Andrew, born respectively in Puerto Rico and in South Africa, deal with the topics of national identity and history of a specific place. In particular, they take their inspiration from Doha, the city in Qatar where they currently live, which in a few decades witnessed a quick growth […]

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The Language of Living – Felicity Hammond

Felicity Hammond is a young british photographer, that for many years has been dealing with photography in a broader sense, experimenting surfaces, matters and print on various materials.   In the project ‘ The Language of Living ‘, composed by a wide range of expressions – from installation to performance –  the artist has appropriated the digitally rendered architectural propositions […]

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Just Like Arcadia – Discipula

Discipula collective, through this body of works – that is more conceived as on operation than a single work itself – becomes part of the dialogue dealing with the valuable side of the images and how memory and the usage of intangible data could be preserved. From a source-image, in specific from the render of […]

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Paperwork and the will of capital – Taryn Simon

These flowers sat between powerful men as they signed agreements designed to influence the fate of the world. (Taryn Simon)   This series by the american artist Taryn Simon has been presented in various occasions and different shapes: as photographic project, as a series of sculpture and as an artist book, edit by Hatje Cantz. The […]

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There are no Homosexuals in Iran – Laurence Rasti

The photographer Laurence Rasti was born from Iranian parents, but lives and works in Switzerland. Inspired by her double nationality, her work reflects on topics such as identity, social belonging, and gender. There Are No Homosexuals in Iran, in particular, is a reflection on homosexuality in her country of origin. The title of the project directly […]

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Girl Form Contact sheet 2 (Darkroom Manual), 2014. © Sara Cwynar, courtesy of the artist

Flat Death – Sara Cwynar

After a career in the graphic design, the Canadian artist Sara Cwynar experiments now with photography, installation and collage, techniques that allow her to obsessively accumulate images taken from the pop culture – which she defines ‘vernacular’ – and successively to modify, merge them with other materials, and reinvent them in new compositions. The works […]

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Niagara – Alec Soth

Niagara is a series realised by the American photographer Alec Soth between 2004 and 2006. The project is composed by pictures of the area surrounding the well-known waterfall. Millions of tourists visit this location every year, and this phenomenon led to the formation of a major number of motels and facilities dedicated mainly to those […]

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Orphée – Tokyo Rumando

                                      Created after the Onna no Shashin (Female Photography) big wave that started in the 90s in Japan, in which an increasingly growing number of women photographers started appearing on the art scene, Tokyo Rumando’s self portraits claim back […]

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Excellences & Perfections – Amalia Ulman

The works of Excellences & Perfections by Amalia Ulman, which have been recently included in the shows Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern and Electronic Superhighway at Whitechapel Gallery in London, seem to offer an answer to the question: ‘how can performance art change in the era of major spread of internet and social […]

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