01 Firenze Giacomo Costa

In the fifteen years of his intense artistic career, Giacomo Costa has developed multifaceted visions of cities from an apocalyptic future, of leaden landscapes and dizzying perspectives where concrete and nature fuse to create a kind of symbiotic organism. His very first photo-collage works, in which anonymous blocks of flats are taken out of their original context and repositioned in a hostile environment, or superimposed on each other until they become impassable mountain ranges, already hint at the atmosphere of desolation and bewilderment that was to become such a characteristic feature of his many later works. In the late nineties Costa set aside his experiments with photography and drew gradually closer to the use of 3D modelling software. This change of medium allowed him to shake off his direct rapport with reality and to generate a totally virtual world in which each element can be shaped and changed in accordance with new compositional requirements. The exclusive use of digital software together with in-depth technical expertise have allowed him to develop an enormously imaginative freedom of style, akin to the post-human fantasy world to be found in so much sci-fi literature: enchantment and terror people abandoned megalopolises where nature greedily takes back what had been stolen from it, landscapes are contaminated by futuristic mechanics and underwater visions of an unrecognisable world. His work is a stage displaying the realm of the possible, opening up disturbing prospects for the distant future.

Giacomo Costa was born in Florence in 1970. He left his native city in 1990 to devote his attention and energy to mountain country; the Mont Blanc became his favourite Alpine location for some years, and it was there that he first discovered a passion for photography. After his initial photographic works devoted to landscapes, he returned to Florence and began to focus on portraiture. In the mid-nineties his artistic research led him to contaminate traditional photography with the use of digital technologies and by 2002 he had made the final leap to 3D modelling software, abandoning photography once and for all. In 2009 he took part in the Venice Biennale d'Arte, displaying his work in the Italian Pavilion. His most recent exhibitions include: Postnatural III, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, 2010; Seoul International Photography Festival, Seoul, 2009; Lucca Digital Photo Fest, Palazzo Guinigi, Lucca, 2009; FaF - Foto Art Festival, Bielsko-Biala, Poland, 2009; Secret Gardens, Guidi&Schoen Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, 2009





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