Open Talk - Antonio Ottomanelli
Ore 18.30 Casino Padula, Agna Le Piane, Matera
The April 13 Open Talk will host the photographer Antonio Ottomanelli with whom we will dialogue on immaterial landscapes.
Technological change in the last 20 years has allowed the detection of new frontiers defining what’s real, which lead to new landscapes in our daily life. In these new dimensions and landscapes, complex cultural, economic and political systems were generated; entire cities and social kaleidoscopes were born.
This reality has become the main focus of investigation, narration and design. Hence, even architecture, design and visual arts have developed practices and devices to both investigate and design this new digital reality, developing a solid iconography of this intangible landscape.
These devices and practices have reached and conquered a specific distance from the landscape yet known, contributing to a progressive and diffused lack of interest towards the places where most of us currently live. This trend has fed a process of neglect and oblivion with regard to entire portions of both the tangible and intangible landscape, strongly diminishing our capability of living as a community.
In the last 10 years, this new landscape has extended its boundaries all the way towards reality, to a point where it is now broadly spread into the greatness and multiplicity of the material landscape. Cultures, economies and politics in these two worlds have gotten mixed up to the point of generating conflicts which are still ongoing.
A growing trend is now in effect, sparked by a need of going back to reality; new theoretical and operational trajectories are arising, engraving the shape of an unprecedented day-to- day life. A hybrid, dual landscape that is still to be determined. Which stories, shapes and events are now termed as “landscape”? In this completely new version of what’s real, what is to be the role of visual arts? Which are its political responsibilities? How can its value be determined? Which approaches does it adopt and which disciplinary reciprocities does it build?
Born in Bari in 1982, Antonio Ottomanelli studied architecture in Milan and Lisbon. Till 2012 he was Adjunct Professor at the architecture planning department – Milan polytechnic.
He is Professor of exhibition design master in photography and visual design NABA Nuova Accademia Belle Arti Milano.
His training led him to develop an interest in photography as a tool with which to investigate the territory, not so much in terms of landscape or cityscape, but as an indicator of social dynamics and geopolitical tensions. Ever in search of the deepest motivations underlying the issues that determine global equilibria or local vicissitudes, Ottomanelli does not photograph events, be they wars, revolutions or protests, but rather the tangible signs of the tensions underpinning them. Antonio Ottomanelli’s work has been presented in numerous international festivals and institutions, in Berlin, Arles, San Paolo, Dallas, New York, London, Holon and Amman. He has exhibited in both solo and group shows in Italy and abroad. In 2013, his first solo exhibition, Collateral Landscape, curated by Joseph Grima, was staged by the Milan Triennale Museum. In 2013 he took part in the first Istanbul Design Biennial. In 2014 he took part in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice as well as in the first Istanbul Design Biennial. On January 2016, the solo exhibition Kabul+Baghdad curated by Francesco Zanot, was staged by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia. The exhibition was the first of a series of exhibitions on young Italian photographers. On June 2016 he was nominated FOAM Talent 2016. One of the most prestigious awards worldwide, given each and every year to a selection of exceptionally talented photographers between the ages of 18 and 35 from all across the world. On October 2016 the solo exhibition Eye-Hand Span curated by Nora Akawi was staged by Montrasio Arte in Milan.
On April 2017 his work was staged for the first time in New York by Red Hook Labs, the exhibition was promoted and produced by the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. On May 2017 his work was staged in London by Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, during the PhotoLondon fair and festival. On October 2017 will be published by the London based publishing house Mack Books his first anthology of selected works, including the last seven years research projects. He is represented from Monstrasio Art Gallery in Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and USA.