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For the project Are People Flowers?

American poet E.E. Cummings described spring as the time in which faces called flowers float out of the ground. The project Are People Flowers? was born from a common and shared feeling, naturally, from an exchange of flowers as a simple gesture of friendship that follows the season and its colors and puts in dialogue a selection of photographs and decorated ceramics.

The poster Are People Flowers? has the picture by Federico Clavarino with the intervention of Alessandro Calabrese
Calabrese, who has always been interested in the concept of error linked to the automatic production of an image, photographed classic bouquets of flowers, citing traditional still life painting, and then printed them on the back, that is the wrong side not imprimable, of the photographic paper, which abstracts the image of the starting subjects, creating a completely new and alienating one. Clavarino, on the other hand, whose practice is often based on the capacity of photographic apparatus to fragment and flatten reality, has worked on the model of the floral ornamentation present on the wefts of carpets or motifs of friezes and vases, fragmenting the bouquets of flowers into compositions of petals, leaves, sheared stems, and other everyday objects found in his studio, and then photographing them with a view camera.

Poster Are People Flowers?

cm 83 x 59 

Offset print

20 €

Trento, 1983. He lives and works in Milan.
After graduating in Architecture at IUAV in Venice, in 2012 he obtained in Milan a Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA (Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti) and moved to Amsterdam where he assisted the photographer Hans Van Der Meer and worked at Paradox, developing his interest in photographic publishing. Since 2015 he has been a lecturer at the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo. In 2013 he is a finalist at the first edition of the Premio Francesco Fabbri and in 2014 he edits together with Milo Montelli the book A Drop In The Ocean, winner of the Prina Prize and exhibited at the Festival Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia and at the Triennale di Fotografia in Hamburg. In 2015 with the same project he is selected for the Premio Francesco Fabbri and is invited to present his work at Winterthur Fotomuseum on the occasion of Pla(t)form. Finalist at the Prix Levallois 2015 (Paris), he publishes together with the Skinnerboox publishing house Die Deutsche Punkinvasion then exhibited during the Fotopub Festival in Novo Mesto (Slovenia). Selected by Foam in 2015 among the 21 emerging talents of international photography, he is on show at Atelier Neerlandais (Paris), De Markten (Brussels) and Beaconsfield Gallery (London) with the project A Failed Entertainment. With the same project he participates in the collective exhibition 2016 - Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana at Viasaterna (Milan) and wins the Graziadei Award at the MACRO Museum (Rome). In 2017 he is invited to exhibit A Failed Entertainment during Fotografia Europea (Reggio Emilia) within the collective Archivi del Futuro curated by Walter Guadagnini, Elio Grazioli and Diane Dufour. In the same occasion the homonymous book, published by Skinnerboox, is presented. In 2017 he presents with Viasaterna his first solo exhibition Impasse and in 2018 he participates in Casino Palermo, a residency program hosted in Palermo by the Milanese gallery. In 2017 he presents with Viasaterna his first solo exhibition Impasse which is followed by three exhibitions between 2018 and 2019 at the Pascal Goossens Gallery (Brussels), Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam) and the MAXXI museum (Rome).

Turin, 1984. Lives and works in Milan
After studying creative writing at Alessandro Baricco's Holden School in Turin, he went on to pursue a career in documentary photography at BlankPaper Escuela directed by Fosi Vegue in Madrid, where he taught between 2012 and 2017. She is currently finishing her Master of Research at the Royal College of Art in London. Clavarino's work is centered on themes such as power, history, and representation. To date, he has published six books: Ukraina Pasport (Fiesta Ediciones, 2011), Italy or Italy (Akina, 2014), The Castle (Dalpine, 2016), The Vertigo (Witty Kiwi, 2017), Hereafter (Skinnerboox, 2019) and Alvalade (XYZ, 2019). His work has been exhibited in different parts of Italy and Europe, in festivals such as PhotoEspaña, Les Recontres d'Arles and Fotofestiwal Łódź, in galleries including Viasaterna in Milan, Temple in Paris, Espace JB in Geneve and museums (Caixa Forum Madrid / Barcelona, MACRO Rome). He collaborated with some museums for conferences and workhops (MACRO in Rome, CCCB in Barcelona, Museo San Telmo in San Sebastian, Victoria and Albert Museum in London), in some schools (ISSP in Latvia, DOOR and Officine Fotografiche in Rome) and universities (Leeds, Roehampton, South Wales, Navarra).

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