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The work of Stefano Cerio fits into one of the most significant and distinctive areas in Italian photography, namely, which, beginning with the exhibition Viaggio in Italia1 (Journey through Italy) curated in 1984 by Luigi Ghirri, Gianni Leone and Enzo Velati, has marked a radical change in the way of looking at our country. With complete nonchalance, Cerio asserts photographys ability to render manifest the invisible, what is usually hidden from the eye. Not, as the modernist tradition embodied by the new vision would have it, by exploiting the particolar characteristics of the camera, nor, according to the lesson of photo journalism, by showing a surprising aspect of daily life, but by searching those parts of the world that only a specific and determinate photographic intentionality can bring to light. [...] The estranged visionariness of these photographs also stems from this element, from the recognition of the appeal of the machine, even the most trivial and banal. The paradox is that this appeal can only appear at the moment in which their functionality is denied, in which form is detached from function and in which the machine becomes an exhibit rather than a tool.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt, Fashion & PhotographyPhotography & photographsAerial photographyArt, Fashion & PhotographyPhotography & photographsIndividual photographers Publisher: Contrasto Publication Date: 01/07/2013 ISBN-13: 9788869654435  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Stefano Cerio lives and works in Rome and Paris.He began his career as a photographer at the age of 18, contributing to the Italianweekly L'Espresso. Since 2001, his interest has gradually moved towards explorativephotography and video.His work increasingly focuses on the theme of representation, exploring the boundaryline between vision, recounting the real and the spectator's horizon of expectation, thestaging of a possible reality that might not be true but is at least plausible. In this sense, projects such as Sintetico Italiano (Italian Synthetic), Souvenir, Aquapark, Night Ski, are stages in a coherent artistic development which finds in the concept of memory, inthe "other" place as a catalyst for present desires and future memories, in the idea ofholiday and entertainment, that suspension of daily life which the author studies andrecounts in images.His works are to be found in many public and private collections.

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