Jacopo Benassi (La Spezia, 1970) is an artist, performer and italian photographer.
He collaborates with various magazines. In 2005 he participated to aphotography at Changing role gallery in Neaples, in 2006 and 2007 at Artissima in Turin. In 2007 his work was included in the exhibition Vade retro. Arte e omossessualità, da von Gloeden a Pierre et Gilles (Art and homosexuality, from von Gloeden to Pierre et Gilles) curated by Viittorio Sgarbi and Eugenio Viola. In 2009 the agency 1861 United released his monumental monograph The Ecology of Image.
In the same year, his work was exhibited at FotoGrafia International Festival in Rome.
In 2010 Benassi took part to no soul for sale at Tate Modern (London, UK) with Le Dictateur; the event was curated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni. In 2011, he had a solo exhibition at Zelle gallery in Palermo and created talkinass paper and records, a label that produced a magazine and live CDs by international artists from the underground scene.
Benassi has collaborated with filmmakers and writers such as Paolo Sorrentino, Daniele Ciprì, Asia Argento and Maurizio Maggiani. From 2013 to 2015 his work has been exhibited at SIFest, photography festival near Rimini. In 2014 he presented his magazine at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in collaboration with Le Dictateur in Milan.
He collaborates with artist Federico Pepe at COCO, a videoart and music project.
In 2016 he conceived No title yet! – a performance involving photography in collaboration with the collective theatre group Kinkaleri.
At the end of 2016 he released, together with Paolo Sorrentino, The Irrelevant Aspects: the Academy Award-winning director created 23 shot stories inspired by 23 portraits taken by Jacopo Benassi. His first photobook THE EYES CAN SEE WHAT THE MOUTH CAN NOT SAY was published by Peperoni Books in 2017.
THE EYES CAN SEE WHAT THE MOUTH CAN NOT SAY
20 April – 20 May, 2017
artist talks: Ilaria Turba and Jacopo Benassi
6 June 2018
Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan