2015 - 2019

Gluqbar Editions
ISBN 9791220045643



“See Both Sides” @ Viasaterna (Project Room)
“Seeing Double” @ Metronom (Live Studio residence)
“The White Room  The Black Room” @ Spazio Duale Roma
“Gluqbar” @ Chiostri di San Domenico,
curated by Daniele De Luigi & Ilaria Campioli
“Darkroom” @ Centrale Festival, curated by Marco Paltrinieri


“Looking On - Sguardi e Prospettive sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana”
@ MAR (invitation by Federica Chiocchetti, project by Osservatorio Fotografico)
“Sideways” @ Fotografia Europea Festival
“Mo[t]us Operandi” @ Minimum (Manifesta collaterals) “Retina”
@ Gluqbar Milano 

Future Shock” @ Fonderia Napoleonica
(curated by Francesca Marani & Marco Gehlhar)

“Dancing in Peckham” @ Peckham 24
“Centrale Festival” @ The Other Fair Torino
“Mōmentum” @ Nesxt Torino


Winner of Energie Diffuse Grant
Shortlisted Portfolio Review Prize NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
Cosmos PDF Award Finalist Les Rencontres d'Arles
Premio Francesco Fabbri Finalist
GiovaniArtistiItaliani Fotografia Europea
Collezione Emilia-Romagna


Aperture Photobook Review
Vogue Italia
ATP Diary


“Viasaterna presents Luca Massaro’s project room See Both Sides with a selection of photographs, lightboxes, pictures from his last publication Vietnik, revisited with a new text-based intervention. The second room of the exhibition presents a site-specific light installation that will be activated with a musical performance on the finissage day (..) See Both Sides reflects the duality of Luca Massaro's artistic work. The first clue is provided by the name of his photobook, which corresponds to the musical pseudonym that the artist had used for his SoundCloud platform. Vietnik comes from the epithet given to Bob Dylan in a dialogue of the famous film Masculin Féminin by Jean-Luc Godard, recognized as the crasis of Vietnam and Beatnik, to indicate the opposition between the known conflict and the beat generation. In the publication Vietnik (Gluqbar Editions, 2019), as in a musical refrain, this theme occurs as the double and the coexistence of opposites.” – Viasaterna Press Release

“A clever visual bildungsroman where, lurking behind his semiotic images, we find layers of the young artist’s influences..” – Aperture PhotobookReview by Federica Chiocchetti

“Luca is a very young artist, whose work focuses on the concept of duality and doubling in the photographic medium, and in particular on the relationship between text and image. A graduate in Foreign Literatures, Communication and Media from the Università Cattolica of Milan and the Sorbonne in Paris, it is not surprising that his journey led him to a semantic reflection on the use of photography, on how this affects our daily perceptions and, as he himself says, on the invisible space that separates a photograph from the caption". – Vogue Interview

“In Vietnik Luca Massaro rewrites the classical american tour imagery in a performative and meta-identity tone.” – Domus

“..The images produced by Massaro mix personal experience and imaginative dimension thus becoming ambiguous “multiples” of the author.. Following this logic, Darkoom expands the universe of Vietnik in an installative form, introducing the sound element, another central language in Massaro’s practice as well as in his life. The title forces two worlds that seem to be at odds to a curious coexistence: nostalgic fetishism for film photography, and club culture darkrooms. This unresolved tension represents the ideal point of access to Massaro's work, a metaphor and laboratory of a continuously evolving personality.” – Marco Paltrinieri

The work “Vietnik” addresses the intrinsic duality of the photographic medium and its tie to the performative construction of identities. “Photography is the advent of myself as other: a cunning dissociation of the awareness of identity”. Vietnik is a musical pseudonym, a proxy, a cyborg in the inescapable extension of the self through technology, a “self-portrait as a building and bildung”. 
The double (spatial and temporal, photographic and musical, of images and words) is a recurring motif, like a refrain - in the publication as in the installations and previous works. The book's structure emulates and subverts the increasingly popular Hollywood format of the biopic. How does this trend of today cultural consumer is connected to the performative construction of social identities? How much of me appears in the photographed “persona” (“mask” -Latin, “public image” -English)?


Designed by Gluqbar Studio (Giorgia Caboni)
Supported by Energie Diffuse Grant


Printed Matter NYC (featured at Printed Matter booth NYABF2019 @ MoMA PS1), Yvon Lambert Paris, Walther Koenig, The Photographers Gallery London, Motto Berlin, Leporello Rome, Bruno Venice, Versolibri Milano, LibriDiSam Reggio Emilia, Gluqbar Milano..