Luca Massaro (Reggio Emilia, 1991) is an artist, photographer and 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.

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.

︎ Aperture Photobook Review (ENG)
Vogue Interview (ITA)
 ATP Interviews (ITA)
Domus Interview (ITA/ENG)
 Intervista by (ITA)
 Studio Visit by Modus Operandi (ITA/ENG)
 Generazione Critica by Daniele De Luigi
i-D Portraits
 Foto Grafia by Danilo Montanari Editore


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, installations, 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 and political assumed value of the images that stick to our psyche and shared worldview.

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