The Universe Makers

2016-2018

The project The Universe Makers is the result of two-year research on space imagery and is presented as an enquiry on representative patterns and figurative models upon which our pop culture psyche bases and which still nowadays profoundly influence our attitudes toward the scientific and the outer space. Through this body of work, I wanted to explore the character photography, technology, science fiction and other media that have played in producing evidences that still address our collective imagery towards beliefs, fake conceptions and constructed scenarios.

The future of civilization is certainly a matter of concern for humanity: from the appearance on TV of the First Man on the Moon in 1969, to the recent mission of Mars ONE promising to inaugurate a permanent human settlement on Mars, the possibility of life beyond Earth has established itself concretely in our minds. Documents and visual records collected over the past years from Institutions and Research Centres have had a fundamental role in providing us with vivid depictions of the remote universe and realistic proofs of space exploration’s feasibility. On the other hand, science fiction massively contributed, in setting up our idea of an outward infinite galaxy, waiting for us to be explored, studied and colonized, suggesting situations in between the bizarre and the truth.

Using these assumptions as a starting point, I have collected documents and images questioning their informative function, besides, according to my practice, I have begun a process of intervention of these records with the aim to challenge their authenticity. I have established a parallel dialogue between ultimate proofs and fake results transforming factual evidences into unrealistic scenarios.
The project conceived under the form of a multi-layered installation comprises texts, sculptured objects, archival images, still photographs and a photo-book and it points to explore abstractions of the collective unconscious related to our perception of the outward space.

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Earthman, Come Home, ION ROCKET, 2018

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Onlookers #1, 2018

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The Universe Makers, Installation views, 2018, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, Italy

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A True Expedition, Installation views, 2018, Atelier Noua, Bodo, Norway. © DanMariner

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are men in flash and blood. Richard Nixon


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The Universe Makers has been displayed at Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur (CH) , as well as at the Tampere Art Museum (FI), the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto (CA), Atelier Noua (NO) and at Fonderia 20.9 Gallery (IT).


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The Universe Makers at MOONSTRUCK Photographic Explorations, 2019, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur. Curated by Sasha Renner

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The Universe Makers at Space Works – Our Relationship with the Cosmos 2020, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland. Curated by  L.Wolthers, S.Walker and M.Vandenbrouck

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The Universe Makers, Contact Photography Festival 2019, Toronto. Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein

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The Universe Makers, 2018, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, Italy. Curated by Federica Landi

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The Universe Makers, Installation views, 2018, Atelier Noua, Bodo, Norway. © DanMariner