We can’t imagine the length of time it took to make the universe
10 Jan, 2023
This project is a tribute to the poem “8 Moons” written by Sharon Olds. I am fascinated by the idea of creating a connection between literature (especially poetry) and photography. My goal is to stage a visual poem, independent from the text which is inspired by, and yet enriched by it. My research for beauty can be read as an escapism from the brutality of the contemporary world and as a rite of exorcism. An atom bomb—does it reduce everything to atoms—to a mist the size of the moon? And the hydrogen bomb—is there water in it? When you drop it, does the mushroom above it look like a splash, as if you’d dropped the moon onto the ocean? If you dropped the moon onto the Pacific, would the moon’s circumference fit? Some say the equators of 8 moons dropped onto the surface of the Pacific would fit on it. We can’t imagine the length of time it took to make the universe.And the death of the Earth—for most of us, unimaginable, and therefore inevitable. As if each parent, at the same moment, will see our offspring atomized, our species’ clouds lifting off the globe, the huge, childless atom.
I was born in Verona, Italy, in 1982. In 2008 I graduated from Milan Law Statale University and in 2009 I obtained a master’s degree in photography at IED (Venice, Italy). In 2011 I joined Prospekt Photo Agency, Milan. My pictures were exhibited in Italy and abroad (Angkor Photo Festival, Arles Le Nuit de L’Annee, Wonder photo Days Taipei, Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, DOC Field Barcelona...) and published, among others, on The Sunday Times Magazine, Liberation, MarieClaire, D La Repubblica delle Donne, Internazionale, Sette, L'Espresso, Vanity Fair, Corriere della Sera. My work has also been featured on several online magazines, such as GUP magazine, Phases Magazine, P3, Art Photo Index, Feature Shoot, Die Nacht, Lens Culture. Amongst my recognitions are: Tokio Photo Competition, Honorable Mention at Px3 Paris, Cortona New Visions Prize, Streamers/Celeste Prize, Inail Prospekt Award. Between 2012 and 2021 I lived in Barcelona, Spain, where I was working as a freelance photographer and photography teacher and where I was running, together with Yaiza Hernández, the photo art gallery "Espacio Véntalo". In 2022 I moved back to Italy, in Valpolicella wine region, where I have opened "Villa Guarienti Valpolicella”, which is a holiday accommodation but also the Italian branch of Espacio Ventalo