IMAGES
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   IMAGES
    WORDS

Mark
BIO

Luca Massaro is an artist and photographer working with Images and Words. His projects have been published internationally (FOAM, Aperture, Purple, M Le Monde, i-D, Danilo Montanari, Skinnerboox, Art Paper Editions) and exhibited in collective and solo exhibitions: among others, the Italian Cultural Institute (Montevideo), Viasaterna (Milan), MAR Museum (Ravenna), Museo Degli Eremitani (Padova), BACO Contemporary Art (Bergamo), Peckham 24 (London), Matèria (Roma), Printed Matter (New York), Photo Weekend (Dusseldorf), Triennale Museum (Milano), Palazzo Del Governatore (Parma Europe Culture Capital), Fotografia Europea Festival (Reggio Emilia). His work is present in private and institutional collections, such as Regione Emilia Romagna, Benetton Foundation (Nascimben Prize), Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montevideo and recently won the public commission Triennale Museum x Gibellina Images.
From 2020 he is represented by Viasaterna, in which he will present his second exhibition with the gallery, consisting of images and sculptures taken from the book "Dizionario Vol.1" (2012-2022) published in February 2023 by Art Paper Editions.

STATEMENT

My work focuses on the invisible space that separates an image from its caption, photographs from words, in their different forms of production, translation and transmission.

I’m interested in the intrinsic duality of the photo-graphic medium, and its tie to the performative construction of identities. I’m looking for possible convergences between the new uses of photography and the long tradition of image-text interplay, the creation of a cohesive body of work and its decontextualization by internet distribution and immediacy.

Via photographs, words, sculptures, artist books, and through advertising techniques of manipulation borrowed from the urban and online accelerated mediascape – as the proliferation of backlit devices, the repetition of graphic logos and leitmotifs –, my work is an open research on the paradoxes of language, a portrait of the conflicting hybridization of iconotexts today, questioning the cultural, social and political value of the images that stick to our psyche and shared worldview.



ARTIST BOOKS

Foto Grafia - Danilo Montanari Editore, 2015


        ZINES

L'Aquila e La Rana - Gluqbar Editions, 2014
Ukiyo-e - Edizioni PulcinoElefante, 2014
Ukiyo-e - BooksOnLine.fr, 2013




PUBLICATIONS

        PRINTED COLLECTIVE BOOKS

Metafotografia Vol.2 - Skinnerboox
222 Artisti Emergenti Su Cui Investire 2021 - Exibart Edition
Looking On - MAR Museum 
2016 Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana - Viasaterna (curated by Fantom)


        MAGAZINES

Aperture PhotoBookReview, D La Repubblica, FOAM Magazine, Flash Art, M Le Monde, Purple Magazine, Rivista Studio, Rolling Stone, Sali & Tabacchi..


        ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

AnOther, Aperture, Artribune, ATP, Bullett, Creative Review, Dazed, Domus, HERO, i-D, Living Corriere, Paper Journal, Rolling Stone, SPBH, VICE, Vogue.it, W Magazine, YET, Zero.eu..




EDUCATION

Degree in Literatures, Communication, Media at Università Cattolica Milano and Université Sorbonne Paris IV
Thesis: “Foto Grafia - il rapporto tra immagine fotografica e parola nell'era contemporanea, dalle arti visive alla comunicazione”





SELECTED COMMISSIONED WORKS

A Cold Wall*, Adidas, Alla Carta, Dazed Digital, D La Repubblica, Gucci x Net-A-Porter, GQ, i-D, M Le Monde, Max Mara Group, PIG Quarterly, Purple Magazine, Retrosuperfuture, Rivista Studio, Rolling Stone, Sali & Tabacchi, Vice, Vogue, W Magazine


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

Gibellina Images x Triennale Milano - Sistema delle Piazze, Gibellina (with Anna Merci)
Duetto
- Viasaterna Milano (with Giuseppe Chiari)


2019

See Both Sides - Viasaterna Milano
The White Room The Black Room - Spazio Duale Roma
Darkroom - Centrale Festival (curated by Marco Paltrinieri)


2018

Vietnik - Chiostri di San Domenico Reggio Emilia

Comme des Grenouilles - Edicola Radetzky Milano
La Tendenza - Marsèlleria Milano


2017

Seeing Double - Metronom Modena


2015

Foto Grafia – F4 Festival Treviso
Quasi-Quasi – Matèria Gallery Roma



PRIZES / RESIDENCIES

Triennale x Gibellina Images Public Commission 2022
Energie Diffuse Grant Reggio Emilia 2019
Cosmos Award shortlist, Rencontres Arles 2018
Metronom Summer Residency - "Seeing Double" 2017
Giovani Artisti Italiani - Fotografia Europea, 2016
Portfolio Review Düsseldorf - Shortlisted, 2016
Premio Francesco Fabbri - Shortlisted, 2014
Premio Nascimben - Winner U25 Prize, 2014
Premio Prina @ Triennale - Shortlisted, 2014
Confotografia, Residency - L'Aquila, 2013
Urban Center Nuoro, Residency - Nuoro, 2012



COLLECTIONS

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Montevideo
Collezione Regione Emilia Romagna Arte Contemporanea
Fondazione Benetton
Premio Nascimben
Private Collections
Enquire @ Viasaterna



TALKS / WORKSHOPS

Triennale Museum - Tonight We Are Young
Gluqbar Studio Talks -
Various Workshops
Roche Portrait Photography -
Milano
Workshop Immagine-Parola -
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montevideo
Captionissima
Viasaterna - in conversation with Federica Chiocchetti
Vietnik Workshop & Book Launch - Chiostri Fotografia Europea
LiveStudio #3 - Galleria Civica Modena x Metronom
2016 - On New Italian Photography / Publishing - Viasaterna Milano
The Life of Vietnik - NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
Foto Grafia - Università de L'Aquila
Foto Grafia - Urban Center di Nuoro






SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

Le Plaisir Du Texte, MBAL Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle


2022

Emergenze Contemporanee, Museo della Città di Rimini
Abbecedario Fotografico,
Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì
Overview,
Viasaterna Milano


2021

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, IIC Montevideo Uruguay
Photo London 2021 Viasaterna Digital Booth
Abecedario d’Artista,
Palazzo del Governatore Parma


        2020

Photo Open Up, Museo Degli Eremitani / Cappella Degli Scrovegni Padova (curated by Carlo Sala)
Metafotografia, BACO Arte Contemporanea (curated by Mauro Zanchi & Sara Benaglia)
Spazio Libero Public Billboards Reggio Emilia (curated by Ilaria Campioli & Daniele De Luigi)


2019

Centrale, The Others Fair Torino (curated by Luca Panaro)
Future Shock, Fonderia Napoleonica (curated by Francesca Marani & Marco Gehlhar)
Dancing in Peckham, Peckham 24 (selected by Photoworks UK, Webber Gallery & Der Greif)

Looking On, Sguardi e Prospettive sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana, MAR Museum (curated by Federica Chiocchetti & Osservatorio Fotografic


2018

Confotografia - Triennale di Milano
Mōmentum - Minimum, Comodo64 / Nesxt / Torino
Comrade Animal - Villa Vertua Milano

(Gluqbar – curated by Parasite 2.0)

Telemarket, Gluqbar - Photo Week Milano

Mōmentum, Mo[t]us Operandi - Manifesta collaterals, Palermo

Retina, Gluqbar, Milano


2017

Finissage, Twenty14 Contemporary, Milano
Narrativa / Visual Essays, Twenty14 Contemporary, Milano
Premio Francesco Fabbri, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo


2016

Sideways, Palazzo Casotti Fotografia Europea Festival Reggio Emilia (curated by Daniele De Luigi & Ilaria Campioli)
2016 On New Italian Photography, Viasaterna publishing selection (curated by Fantom)
Last but not least New Italian Photobooks, JEST Torino


2015

Little Big Press, FotoGrafia Festival, MACRO Roma (curated by Tre Terzi)
On Landscape #2, Matèria Gallery Rome (publishing selection)


2014

Confotografia Travelling exhibitions, Urban Center Bologna, Scuola Architettura Siracusa, Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma
Uno Sguardo Lento, MIA (curated by Danilo Montanari)
Premio Nascimben, Fondazione Benetton Treviso (curated by Carlo Sale and Gianpaolo Arena)
Confotografia, SI Fest #23 Savignano
Fotografia e Parola Premio Prina, Triennale Milano
Ukiyo-e, Free is Free, Galerie du Point Ephémère, Paris



CREDITS

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