Contingency Plans – Covid 19

For the past month I worked together with friend and journalist Raffaele Panizza on a photo essay titled Contingency Plans, about companies across Italy that promptly converted or adapted their production lines to respond to the Covid 19 outbreak. This body of work was supported by covid19visualproject.org, an ongoing permanent archive of the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on people’s lives around the globe. We were granted access to emergency productions, makers’ small labs and witnessed extensive shifts of voluntary workers, productions lines that expanded their limits through the collaborations of military and civil engineers – working together to produce strategic and life saving goods. These are stories of a country that was able to never really stop.
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This story was produced thanks to a grant by Cortona on the Move.
Thank you Arianna Rinaldo, Antonio Carloni and Veronica Nicolardi and to all the companies who allowed us in to document their work. Head over to the online platform to read the full story.

IUAV Design della Moda for D La Repubblica

I photographed students of Iuav Design della Moda for the new cover story of D La Repubblica written by Serena Tibaldi — great to have had this opportunity, it’s always nice to work near home. Thank you Photo Editor Manila Camarini and Art Director Pamela Berry and to the beautiful people who we met and helped us (impossible to mention them all) Maria Luisa Frisa,  Mario Lupano, Saul Marcadent, Gabriele Monti and Teo Zanin.

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Arts and Foods at Triennale for Italo Rota Studio

I recently worked on a documentation project of Arts & Foods, the exhibition Pavilion at Triennale di Milano, curated by Germano Celant and designed by Italo Rota. The project had been commissioned by Italo Rota Studio with which I had the chance to work closely before on a book photo essay. The exhibition, which is conceived as one of the official satellite pavilions of the Milan Expo, is a panoramic view of the way aesthetics and design are intertwined with the ritual of eating in an exhibition that is made up not just of artworks, but also of installations and aural, olfactory and cinematic experiences. I Interpreted the four main areas on which the exhibition develops with the four different concepts Rota’s worked with: white on white, color on color, grey on color and Cucine ed Ultracorpi, an excursus that plays with the idea that household appliances are aliens coming from another planet to conquer the world. The playful approach also works with the relationship between kitchen and home injuries.

I truly invite you to go and visit it, more info HERE.

Below a small selection of images taken from the four different series.

Special thanks to Francesca Grassi, Domiziana Bani, Marco Fabris and Teo Zanin for the collaboration on the shooting concepts.

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The outskirts of Padova for L’Espresso

A few months ago , with journalist Roberto Di Caro, I worked on a story on the outskirts of Padua. The intent was to understand more of some social issues that plague the city, including poverty, immigration and management of crime.

On issue #6 of the L’Espresso magazine are published the reportage and the article. Special thanks to Tiziana Faraoni , Roberto Di Caro and Stevie Stivella.

The article HERE.

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The treasures of Fondazione Cini for L’Espresso

” We are in Vittorio Cini’s foundation who instituted it in 1951 in memory of his son Giorgio, who died in a plane crash near Cannes. Manager, entrepreneur, political and powerful protagonist of the transformation of Italy from a Country Farmer industrial nation, Cini was always a man of such power as to obtain from the post-war Republic, the state concession of the island of San Giorgio, with the goal of building there his foundation dedicated to the professional training of new executives. Owned by an omnivorous desire of knowledge Vittorio Cini not only built a collection, but an entire world. He chose his friends well, all well-educated gentlemen -architects and historians, and it was thanks to them that the levels reached a museum-like collection. Since last May this place is no longer just a monastery for Harvard professors or Nobel price scholars. The doors now they hatch, the treasures are revealed and these images are the first comprehensive testimony of the new life of a true Italian excellence. ” Rinascita di Venezia By Alessandra Mammì / photographs Mattia Balsamini Special thanks to Tiziana Faraoni, Elena Casadoro and Maurizio Polese. balsamini_cini_web001 balsamini_cini_web002 balsamini_cini_web003 balsamini_cini_web005 balsamini_cini_web006 balsamini_cini_web007 balsamini_cini_web008 balsamini_cini_web009 balsamini_cini_web010 balsamini_cini_web011 balsamini_cini_web012 balsamini_cini_web013