Filippo Minelli

Padania Classics


curated by Daniele de Luigi and Carlo Sala


Padania Classics, which later became a book entitled Atlante dei Classici Padani, is a documentation and conceptualization project of the northern Italian landscape.

Started in 2011 the multidisciplinary visual research project aims to identify the “Padania classics” in the field of aesthetics, architecture, and human behaviour, using the techniques of business and territorial marketing through a variety of channels (installations, performance events, online initiatives) and using irony and paradox as instruments to expose the real outcomes of political and business action, telling about the people through their actions and never showing them as photographic subjects.

The precise intent of the project is to document the contemporary architectural landscape, intentionally omitting natural landscapes and historical heritage, displaying what the latest generations have produced on a vast scale since the ’80s to the present day, tracing the experience, the choices, and thus the landscape of the last 50 years.

Developing methodically and cataloguing the succession and the commingling of industrial, residential, commercial, and agricultural areas that make up the territory that extends from the western Alps to the Adriatic Sea, Padania Classics frames the aesthetic of the landscape and the features common to the territory, analysing the “savage” socio-architectural evolutions of a vastly populated area of Northern Italy, which Eugenio Turri identified in the early 2000s with the publication of his book La megalopoli padana.


Filippo Minelli (born in Brescia, 1983) lives in Barcelona and London. He graduated with honours in Arte and New Media from the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.

After carrying out a number of projects outside Italy in solo and group exhibitions, in 2011 he returned to focus methodically on his native country, devoting himself to the documentation and conceptualisation of the landscape of northern Italy.

His work has been exhibited at the Total Museum (Seoul, South Korea), Somerset House (London, UK), Münchner-Stadtmuseum (Munich, Germany), East Wing Biennial 2016 (London, UK), ArtScience Museum (Singapore), Fundación Loewe (Madrid, Spain), MACRO (Rome), and has been reviewed by «Le Monde», «The New York Times», «Harper’s», «Huffington Post», «The Guardian», and Al Jazeera. In 2013 «Elephant Magazine» (UK) dedicated the cover of its issue n°13, entitled ‘Post-photography’, to Minelli’s Silence/Shapes series, and in 2014 Onomatopee (Netherlands) published a monograph on his work.


8 May, noon, Chiostri di San Domenico

Padania Classics. Guided tour with Filippo Minelli, Daniele De Luigi and Carlo Sala


8 May 3pm, Chiostri di San Pietro

Atlante dei Classici Padani.  PPresentation of Filippo Minelli’s photobook (Ed. Crisis Publishing). With the author, Daniele De Luigi, Carlo Sala and Massimiliano Panarari


Chiostri di San Domenico
via Dante Alighieri, 11
42121 Reggio Emilia



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