Stefano D’Amadio

Stefano D'Amadio, Eden, Torino 2010, Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta © Stefano D’Amadio

Stefano D’Amadio, Eden, Torino 2010, Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta © Stefano D’Amadio

Artigiani dello Spazio

times and locations

Chiostri di San Pietro
via Emilia San Pietro, 44/c
42121 Reggio Emilia

friday 3rd may open from 6.30 pm to midnight; saturday 4th and sunday 5th may from 10 am to midnight; from 6th may to 16th june open on friday from 7 pm to 11 pm; saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, sunday from 10 am to 9 pm


Artigiani dello Spazio (Artisans of Space) came about following three years of work carried out mainly inside the clean rooms of Thales Alenia Space, in each branch of the company: Milan, Turin, L’Aquila, and Rome, where the engineers develop and build satellites, the Cygnus or ATV 4 modules, the Rover or electronic brains.
Each object with its electronic equipment is displayed in an endless carousel of “forms” that are very seductive to the eye.
I am certainly using terminology that is improper for the technical/scientific field, and moreover it could seem partial and reductive to only consider the forms in a laboratory dealing with some of the most advanced technological innovations. But this is what I felt was closest to me.
The photographs in Artigiani dello spazio depict absolutely undefined objects, strange forms that in their original manifestation show the unmistakable sign of man: creativity. The logical-rational aspect, though present, goes hand-in-hand with the creativity, and fantasy I would add, of mankind. A rectangular gold-coloured computer, the trapezoidal Globastar2 satellite, or the circle of the fourth generation ATV module strike the imagination and the sensitive eye in the same way as projects of elite design, such as those of Nizzoli or Sottsass for Olivetti typewriters, or Zanuso and Sapper for the Brionvega Radio. And moreover, the architecture of Le Corbusier, so monumental in its geometries, could dialogue with the monumental Alphasat.
I believe that research and exploration of the interior world for art can in certain cases be compared to the continuous research and exploration of outer space, and artistic evolution has never been so closely connected to scientific evolution as in the last three centuries. And digital art is the child of the change of our times, like photography.
Technology, and in the case of this work, aerospace technology, will enable such change that in the future it will be possible to live for years in a spaceship, travel towards the outer edges of the solar system or have information available in real time on our electronic devices. But all this is designed for the well-being of humanity, in the name, that is, of the common good that inevitably contains in itself a sense of responsibility for human life that leads naturally to change, but in a constructive view.

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Stefano D’Amadio (Rome, 1969) began his professional career as a still photographer, initiating important collaborations with directors such as Marco Bellocchio, Emanuele Crialese, Gabriele Salvatores, Daniele Vicari and Roberta Torre. In 2003 he won the National CliCiak Award for the best photographic series in colour for the film Respiro and obtained a special mention in 2004 and 2005 for his still photography in the films Buongiorno Notte and Radiowest. In 2004 he published the photographic book on the film Buongiorno, Notte by Marco Bellocchio, Edizioni Argo.
He has collaborated as the director of photography for the production of numerous documentaries, video clips and one film. Amongst these we can recall Voci di ieri e di oggi, Giuseppe Di Vittorio,, thanks to the direction of Carlo Lizzani, which participated in the Festival of Venice 2009; Giuseppe De Sanctis, presented in 2007 at the MOMA of New York; . Acqua ferita for Ali Assaf, video-installation presented at the Art Venice Biennale 2011
He currently works as a still photographer and collaborates as a photojournalist with some of the most renowned Italian publications. He lives and works in Rome.