Alessandro Calabrese



Inspired by the dystopic novel Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace, of which A Failed Entertainment was the working title in the first draft, this project links the traditional concept of authorship in the production of photographs and its counterpart: the proliferation of large-scale visual materials available on the internet.

The pieces are presented as a direct result using Google images as a reverse search tool: its algorithm identifies web images visually similar to a starting example. In this case, photographs taken on film between 2012 and 2015 in the city of Milan were uploaded and thus sacrificed, literally swallowed into the overlapping of what the original photographs themselves produced, assuming new shape, consisting of a random number of anonymous photographs. Initially recognizable, the content of the frame is lost in its increasing, potentially infinite mathematical reproduction.


Alessandro Calabrese’s project is part of the group exhibition Archivi del futuro, curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

Palazzo Da Mosto hosts a reflection on the relationship between two seemingly opposite terms: archive and future. The decisions and the choices we make today determine what our future will be: what we keep and store and therefore what will be passed on; but also how to do it, and for what reasons.

Daniel Blaufuks, Alessandro Calabrese, Kurt Caviezel, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, David Fathi, Agnès Geoffray and Teresa Giannico investigate different modes in the latest uses of “archives” to achieve designing a map of presen and future thoughts.

Alessandro Calabrese, after having graduated in Architecture at the IUAV in Venice, in 2012 he obtained a Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts) in Milan.

In 2014, along with Milo Montelli, he was the curator of the book A Drop In The Ocean – Sergio Romagnoli (Editions du Lic), which went on to become an exhibition at the 2015 Reggio Emilia Fotografia Europea festival.

In 2015 he was invited to present his work at the Fotomuseum Winterthur during Pla(t)form.

Finalist at the Prix Levallois 2015 (Paris), he publishes Die Deutsche Punkinvasion (Skinnerboox), later shown during the Novo Mesto Fotopub festival (Slovenia) and the BredaPhoto International Photofestival (Netherlands).

With his work A Failed Entertainment he was selected in 2015 as one of the 21 emerging talents in international photography by Foam Magazine.

In 2016 the same project is on display at Viasaterna within the 2016 Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana collective exhibit, and it goes on to win the fifth edition of the Graziadei Prize.

He has been a lecturer at the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo since 2015. Since 2016 he is represented by the Viasaterna gallery.


Palazzo Da Mosto – 2pm

Archivi del futuro

Guided tour with Daniel Blaufuks, Alessandro Calabrese, Kurt Caviezel, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Agnès Geoffray, Teresa Giannico



Teatro Cavallerizza – 11.30am

Archivi del futuro

Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli, Walter Guadagnini talk with Daniel Blaufuks, Alessandro Calabrese, Kurt Caviezel, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Agnés Geoffray,Teresa Giannico



Chiostri di San Pietro – 3pm

A Failed Entertainment (Ed. Skinnerbox) book presentation with the photogarpher Alessandro Calabrese and Walter Guadagnini


MAY 27 

Palazzo Da Mosto – 4.30pm
Guided tour – 3€
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JUNE 24 
Palazzo Da Mosto –  4.30pm

Guided tour with Walter Guadagnini

Exhibition Venue

Palazzo da Mosto
via Mari, 7
42121 Reggio Emilia


Opening Hours

inaugural days
May 5 › 7am-11pm
May 6 and 7 › 10am-11pm
from May 12 to July 9 Friday/Sunday
Friday › 6pm-11pm
Saturday › 10am-11pm
Sunday and holiday › 10am-8pm

Palazzo da Mosto