This year may turn out to be one of the most challenging our community has faced. Our tight-knit community is being tested like never before and we all know people who are doing it tough financially, emotionally and creatively.
You might remember a very energetic young Italian photographer by the name of Antonio Privitera who exhibited his series Les Nostalgia in the 2018 Festival. He contacted us over the weekend asking for a hand – Antonio faces eviction and life on the streets.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, please get in touch even if it is just for a chat – we want to support you as much as we can.
About Antonio Privitera (Italy ’84).
He graduated in cinema and philosophy with BFA from the University of Trieste in 2009 and in the same year obtained a master’s degree in documentary and photography at IED of Venice and MFA.
Privitera has been the recipient of international grants and awards. His work is widely exhibited in Italy and overseas and have also been featured in several publications worldwide.
He currently lives and works in Rome as a freelance artist.
Works for sale
Dimensions: 40x50cm (framed) and 50x75cm (framed)
Material: pigmented true-black fine art giclée hahnemühle, black timber frames
Price: 40x50cm AU$600 + shipping, 50x75cm POA.
All funds go to the artist (excluding shipping fees).
To secure an artwork email us via [email protected] with ‘Antonio prints‘ in the subject line and the title of the work you would like.
Described as — a form of melancholy — in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism. Nostalgia is associated with a wistful yearning for the past, its personalities, and events, especially the “good old days” or a “warm childhood”.
With this work I aim to push the boundaries of the photography, moving across the aesthetic edges: street-photography and fine-art, documentary and conceptual. I set out the narrative exploring this magic summer mood; I mixed the loneliness and light with a visual geometry, a dialogue between single images and fleshly diptychs, paradoxes and connections.
All these pictures were taken near San Benedetto del Tronto and Pescara. Mar Adriatico, Italy.
“He’d play around with shapes, considering the geometry of his subjects and their setting, Each pair of images is in conversation with themselves, creating a single frame from separate moments…” PDN (Photo District News Magazine)
“In his series La Nostalgia, Privitera cleverly uses diptychs to create the impression of these passing moments from childhood, where unexpected juxtapositions and combinations create original compositions, naturally connected by recurring shapes and figures. Here, normal sunbathers and beachgoers are funny in the most endearing ways, but Privitera’s intention is never to ridicule; rather, there is a childish enchantment, much like a child’s fascination with their grandmother’s wrinkly arms, or their father’s enormous belly. If you’ve ever been on summer holiday, you can smell the sunscreen in these photographs.” GUP Magazine
“Enigmatic connections between seemingly disparate objects. In his pictures, Privitera highlights the dualisms in everyday life and seeks to uncover a dreamlike moment, an ironic instant, or a bright epiphany. ” Gaffa Gallery