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MATTIA BALSAMINI (Pordenone, 1987)
IN SEARCH OF APPROPRIATE IMAGES #224228
This body of work started around early March 2020. I felt the urge to take advantage of the suspended time that we all had available, trying to learn something from it”.
Mattia Balsamini moves within the walls of his home and its surroundings, looking for some sort of meaning in the objects, atmospheres and thoughts that are familiar to him. From the combination of these images with some of the photographer’s archive photographs – which needed to be preserved and protected – In Search of Appropriate Images was born.
Long weeks later – Balsamini writes – I’m sitting in the studio where I spend most of my day. I look out the window towards the mountains a few kilometers away, and I think of the enormous fortune of living in this house, in this area. Once a day, at dusk, I walk silently in the fields that separate me from those mountains, I photograph what is available, and associate it with older images, trying to look at everything with a new gaze — this is my exercise.
Born in Pordenone – Italy. Balsamini moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where he began his studies at Brooks Institute. In 2010 he began working at David LaChapelle’s studio as a studio assistant and archivist. In 2011, after obtaining a BA with honorable mention, he returned to Italy. He has been teaching photography at IUAV University of Venice as well as photographing extensively technology and its social implications, focusing on work as a factor of identity. Over the years he has carried out personal and editorial projects in collaboration with institutions such as MIT, NASA, Charitè University Berlin and the Institute of Forensic Medicine University of Zurich. His work has been exhibited at the Milan Triennale, the MAXXI, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco.