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Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Photographer
Filippo Venturi
Foundations of a Mirage
Gomma Photography Grant 2022 Finalists

Gomma Photography Grant 2022

Foundations of a Mirage

Photographer

Filippo Venturi

Foundations of a Mirage

11 Jan, 2023

2021 is an important year for the United Arab Emirates, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation and hosting EXPO in Dubai. The fate of the UAE took a drastic turn with the discovery of oil in 1958. The population is around 10 million, of which 89% are foreigners. Although for some time now the country has been attempting to tackle important and current issues such as sustainability (accessibility and resilience of environmental resources, energy and water), in practice it relies on a system that has very little that is sustainable and modern about it, i.e. the exploitation of low-cost migrant labour to create works that aim to be the largest/tallest/most impressive etc. to the world, whose goal is to support a purely Western type of consumerism. It is on a human level that the cruellest face of this reality can be found, where workers are treated like commodities, also through what is known as the kafala, a system of exploitation that shares some characteristics with human trafficking. The result is therefore a form of contemporary slavery that goes unnoticed because to visitors, Dubai appears to be a wonderland, whose hardly “sustainable” foundations, however, they fail to see.

About the photographer

Filippo Venturi

Filippo Venturi is an Italian documentary photographer. He produces personal projects concerning identity and the human condition. His works have been published in leading international magazines, such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Geo, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Stern, Das Magazin, Internazionale, La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera and La Stampa. For the past years he has been engaged in a project on the Korean peninsula, earning him the Sony World Photography award, the LensCulture Emerging Talent Award, the Il Reportage Award, the Voglino Award and the Portfolio Italia – Grand Prix Hasselblad. His works have been exhibited in Italy and abroad in exhibition spaces and festivals like Foro Boario in Modena as "New Talent" of the Modena Photography Foundation, MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Somerset House in London, U Space in Beijing, Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin, Sony Square in New York City, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Voies Off Awards at Les Rencontres d'Arles, Photolux in Lucca, SI Fest in Savignano sul Rubicone, Riaperture Photofestival in Ferrara, PhMuseum Days Photo Festival in Bologna and Festival of Ethical Photography in Lodi.