Paolo Ventura (1968 - )
La Citta Infinita, 2016
Hand painted photography and collage
Archival Inkjet print
113,5 x 80 cm
Italian photographer Paolo Ventura (born 1968) is known for constructing and photographing elaborate dioramas to tell cinematic visual stories.
Ventura studied studied at the Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in the early 1990s. Solo exhibitions include the Forma International Center for Photography, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art of Roma (MACRO), Rome; The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome and during the Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles. In 2012, he was selected by curator Vittorio Sgarbi to create a series of works for the Italian national pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2018 Ventura received a large solo exhibition in Armani Silos, Milan.
With Ventura's series La Citta Infinita, he takes his process one step further by painting the photographs of constructed scenes and adding collage. The works, which are evocative of 1940s and 50s Italian Neorealism film, present lonely yet dreamy cityscapes punctuated by human figures, always Ventura himself, in varying costume. Although the scenes differ, the horizon lines remain the same, creating a never-ending cityscape, La Citta Infinita.