Luca Massaro (Reggio Emilia, 1991) is an artist, photographer and co-founder of Gluqbar, Milan. During a degree in Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Università Cattolica Milano and Université Sorbonne Paris IV, he started a research at the intersection of Images and Words.

Previous professionals experiences, in the commercial and graphics fields influenced his path, challenging disciplinary boundaries between photography, art direction, architecture, design, arts & crafts. He learned to use the camera thanks to photo-graphic commissions and since then he collaborated with magazines such as Purple, i-D, Vogue, GQ, M Le Monde, with an approach that both influences and is influenced by his artistic practice. 

His first work Foto Grafia was published by Danilo Montanari Editore and exhibited at F4 Festival, Matèria, T14 Contemporary, Benetton Foundation (Nascimben Prize U25).

The following project Vietnik has been exhibited in solo shows at Viasaterna, Metronom, Spazio Duale, Centrale Festival and in collective exhibitions at Fotografia Europea, Museo MAR, Chiostri di San Domenico, Fonderia Napoleonica, Peckham 24, Minimum, Nexst. The book was published by Gluqbar Editions in April 2019, thanks to the Energie Diffuse grant, selected among the finalists of the Portfolio Review Düsseldorf, Cosmos PDF Award Rencontres d'Arles, GAI, Premio Fabbri, featured in the Aperture Photobook Review Ideal Bookshelf and presented at Printed Matter booth at NYABF 2019.
Since 2020, he’s represented by Viasaterna.


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 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.



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


Foto Grafia - Danilo Montanari Editore, 2015
L'Aquila e La Rana - LDS Editions, 2014
The Eagle & The Toad  - Gluqbar, 2015
Ukiyo-e - Edizioni PulcinoElefante, 2014
Ukiyo-e -, 2013



Metafotografia Vol.2 - Skinnerboox (curated by Mauro Zanchi & Sara Benaglia)
Looking On - MAR Museum (curated by Osservatorio Fotografico)
2016 Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana - Viasaterna (curated by Fantom)


Aperture PhotoBookReview, Flash Art, InsideArt, M Le Monde, Purple Magazine, Rivista Studio, Rolling Stone..


AnOther, Aperture, Artribune, ATP, Bullett, Creative Review, Dazed, Domus, Flash Art, Fotocrazia Blog LaRepubblica, Generazione Critica, HERO, i-D, Lampoon, Living Corriere, M Le Monde, Paper Journal, Rolling Stone, SPBH, VICE,, W Magazine, YET,



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


Gluqbar - Chiostri di San Domenico Reggio Emilia (curated by Daniele De Luigi and Ilaria Campioli)

COMME des GRENOUILLES - Edicola Radetzky Milano
La Tendenza - Marsèlleria Milano


Seeing Double - Metronom Modena 


Foto Grafia – F4 Festival Treviso/Pieve di Soligo (curated by Carlo Sala and Gianpaolo Arena)
Quasi-Quasi – Matèria Gallery Roma (2 days installation)



Abecedario d’Artista @ Palazzo del Governatore Parma
Premio Fabbri
@ Villa Brandolini Treviso


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) 


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

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

project by Osservatorio Fotografico)


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 - Minimum Manifesta collaterals, Palermo (curated by Minimum, selected by Marina Paulenka)

Retina @ Gluqbar, Milano


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


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


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


Uno Sguardo Lento @ MIA (curated by Danilo Montanari)
Confotografia Travelling exhibitions @ Urban Center Bologna, Scuola Architettura Siracusa, Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma
Premio Francesco Fabbri @ Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo
Premio Nascimben @ Fondazione Benetton Treviso (curated by Carlo Sale and Gianpaolo Arena)
Confotografia @ SI Fest #23 Savignano
Fotografia e Parola Premio Prina @ Galleria Ghiggini Varese
Fotografia e Parola Premio Prina @ Triennale Milano
Mo(nu)ment @ ARCI Fotografia Europea OFF, Reggio Emilia
Ukiyo-e, Free is Free @ Galerie du Point Ephémère, Paris


Energie Diffuse Grant Reggio Emilia
COSMOS PDF Award shortlist @ Rencontres Arles 2018
Metronom Summer Residency - "Seeing Double" 2017
LIVEstudio#3 - Shortlisted,  2017
Premio Francesco Fabbri - Shortlisted,  2016
Giovani Artisti Italiani - Fotografia Europea, 2016
Portfolio Review Düsseldorf - Shortlisted, 2016
Premio Francesco Fabbri - Shortlisted, 2014
Premio Nascimben - Winner U25 Prize, 2014
Premio Prina - Shortlisted, 2014
Confotografia, Residency - L'Aquila, 2013
Urban Center Nuoro, Residency - Nuoro, 2012


Captionissima Viasaterna Milano - in conversation with Federica Chiocchetti
Vietnik Workshop & Book Launch -Chiostri Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia LiveStudio #3 - Galleria Civica Modena x Metronom, Februrary 2017
2016 - On New Italian Photography / Publishing - Viasaterna Milano
The Life of Vietnik - NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, February 2016
Foto Grafia - Università de L'Aquila, September 2013
Foto Grafia - Urban Center di Nuoro, November 2012



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