Federico Clavarino: Italia o Italia

Federico Clavarino is a visual artist and educator. He studied creative writing at Alessandro Baricco's Scuola Holden in Turin and documentary photography at Fosi Vegue's BlankPaper Escuela in Madrid.

Spain –  

Italia o Italia is built over the ruins of an unresolved empire, a place in which monuments can be rescaled by the act of looking. The book establishes a continuous duality that makes its way through a labyrinth of contrasts and similarities. Even if the pictures as a whole propose a narrative, taken individually each one of them is endowed with unique expressiveness. By means of light and awkward angles the reader is walked through a path the photographer creates out of shadows, obscure symbols, human figures and urban landscapes. A kind of stillness permeates every photograph of this book, transforming what is portrayed in an apparently uninhabited space. Yet all of these fragments are imbued with humanity, that can be found hidden in the invisible piece of a scenery, in the gesture of a hand, in the segment of a column or in the disjointed movement of a person: humanity is present here up to the very last stone. These flaws in everyday reality, that appear when time is put on hold by the camera, end up revealing the individuality of a place that looks as if it were waiting for a new start, or rather for a different destiny.

 

Written by Tamara Izko

Photography feature – Federico Clavarino‘s book “Italia o Italia” is published by London based publisher Akina Books.

Related Posts

Tanya Habjouqa: Occupied Pleasures of Palestine

Palestine –   Occupied Pleasures, from Gaza and across the Occupied Territories, was taken just last summer. It explored how …

Douglas Stockdale on W. Eugene Smith’s The Big Book

USA –   W. Eugene Smith’s The Big Book is a very interesting and unusual three volume set that includes …

Jen Juul Gomma Books

Celebrating Black and White Photography with Gomma Books

MONO Trilogy is about celebrating that beautiful and timeless art medium that is black & white photography. It represents an …

Robert Zhao Renhui: Singapore 1925-2025

Singapore –  The Land Archive chronicles the significant changes in Singapore’s natural and urban landscape that have occurred over a …

Jost Franko: Shepherds

Slovenia –  The shepherd community that has existed for more than 500 years on Velika planina in Slovenia is a …

Celebrating Emerging Greek Photography: Nikolas Ventourakis – ‘Defining Cyprus’s Borderlands’

Greece –  ‘Defining Lines – Borderlands’ is a project focused on the areas in and around the Western Sovereign Base …

Massimo Berruti: LASHKARS

Pakistan – Massimo Berruti’s long-term assignment in the Swat valley, in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtonkhawa, is keeping up with …

Christer Stromholm: ‘Les Nuits de Place Blanche’ – Celebrating Life of Transsexuals in Paris in 50’s & 60’s

France –  Christer Strömholm (Stockholm, Sweden, 1918–2001) is one of the most important European photographers of the twentieth century. He …

They : Zhang Xiao

China –  In China, every year hundreds of millions of people find work in other places. Like them I am …