The project by Luca Nostri titled Quattro Cortili (Four Courtyards) is the result of a research which brings together the work of the artist with that of the curator. It’s a set of four photographic series revolving around a number of courtyards in the territory of Lugo (province of Ravenna), the photographer’s hometown, and of the surrounding countryside, in various historical moments.
The series Cortile (Courtyard) features an eclectic family album produced by the sisters Giulia and Veronica Visani – members of a family of various generations of artists – dating back to around the turn of the twentieth century; the series Vicolo Rocca e altri luoghi (Vicolo Rocca and Other Places) presents a series of portraits produced between 1946 and 1955 by the local photographer Paolo Guerra, inside the two brothels to be found in Lugo until 1958; the series Anselmo by Nostri revolves around the figure of the photographer’s grandfather, and was carried out in the courtyard of his home in the countryside of Solarolo; the series Intorno a un giardino pensile (Around a Hanging Garden) by Nostri unfolds through the hanging garden of the Castle of Lugo and it further explores the social landscape of a territory known as ‘Lowlands of Romagna’, in the heart of the province of Ravenna. These Four Courtyards intersect and relate to one another, giving rise to a conceptual assemblage that fosters new reflections on the notion of place.
Luca was born in Lugo in 1976, where he lives and works. After studying sociology at the University of Bologna, he began his career as a photographer in Rome, working as an assistant to the artistic direction of the International Photography Festival. Later, he attended the lessons of Guido Guidi at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna. His research over the last fifteen years has focused on an area of the province of Ravenna known as the Lowlands of Romagna, which he has investigated over time with various artistic and curatorial projects, through the Lugo Land project, conceived in 2005. Since 2014 he has been a teacher and member of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. In 2020 he completed a PhD at Plymouth University with the thesis “Place and identity in Italian Photography through a study of the town of Lugo”.
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