Home is Home (All Alone)
With Guido Gazzilli, Stefano Ciavatta, Fiorenza Pinna, Daria Scolamacchia
On Wednesday 24 January, at 6.30 pm, photographer Guido Gazzilli will present his latest book Home is Home (All Alone), black-and-white photographic diary accompanied by texts by journalist Stefano Ciavatta and poems by Gabriele Tinti and curated and designed by editor Fiorenza Pinna.
The project, taking its starting point from Gabriele Tinti’s poem Fauno, tells of Gazzilli’s photographic research, of the places and people he encountered, of the city of shelter.
As Gazzilli writes: “Shelter of the senses, from chaos, from urban experience. The rooms of intimacy where the street penetrates and then stays. The shelter of one’s intimacy in the jungle of human heat, the big city. Seeking shelter not elsewhere, in the ecstasy of the vastness of nature or in the impassable hermitage where nature is always a threat, but in the very hive that welcomes and nourishes nocturnal animals. In this eternal carousel I show faces, bodies, shadows, profiles of a humanity outside the moldo, searching for a respite. I do this with a private, rigorous, compact gaze.”
Home is Home (All Alone) is a fragmentary and evolving work that escapes conventional forms of construction by ironically playing with narrative structures, simulating chapter and division clues and indicating relationships between texts and images, which remain open to reinterpretation and are only ironic traces of possible readings.
GUIDO GAZZILLI was born in Rome in 1983. In 2006 he graduated from the IED in Rome in “Visual Arts”. Since 2010 he’s been building a body of work on identity and the conditions of the human being, through personal and subjective narratives. He spent most of his time out in the streets, portraying people and places as personal diaries, often focusing on youth subcultures and music scenes. His work is published in major newspapers including: The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Internazionale, El Pais, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, NatGeo. He works on commission for portraits & editorials for magazines including: Gq, Vice, Rolling Stone, L’Uomo Vogue, Billboard, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, Purple. Has collaborated for several brands including: Nike, Adidas, Fred Perry, Gucci, Fendi, Valentino. His work has been exhibited internationally and was selected for international awards and artist residencies. He worked as an assistant for Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum Photos (2010-2013). He teaches in visual art academies of Rome. He lives and works between Rome and the countryside and he is represented by Contrasto agency.
FIORENZA PINNA is an independent curator and book-designer, focusing on contemporary photography and photobooks. She collaborates in the field of photography with Italian and international galleries, institutions and publishers for consultations, workshops, conferences and portfolio readings. She has been a member on several juries for national and international awards, including the Bastianelli Prize, The Pesaresi Prize, the Dummy Photobook Award, the Kassel Photobook Award and the Prix Pictet. SHe teaches and holds workshops in various public and private venues. She edits and designs books and exhibitions for photographers and publishing houses, and has won international awards and recognition.