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Luigi Grassi

Luigi Grassi, born in Campobasso in 1985, specialized in Photography as an art language at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. Since 2008 he has collaborated with PrimoPiano Napoli, a gallery dedicated to photography, design and video art. In 2012 he began attending Lab, Antonio Biasiucci's irregular laboratory, where he undertakes to deepen his personal research method. He founded the Campobasso Center for Photography in 2014 dedicated to the figure of the photographer Vivian Maier. His works have been exhibited in various national and international events a
Naples, Bologna, Milan, Turin, Rome and Arles, has received special mentions for his work within the Photography Festival, he has been commissioned artistic works and permanent installations for Museums, the Archaeological Museum of Campobasso and the M3TE Museum of San Giuliano di Puglia and for Italian municipalities, in Oratino, in addition to publications
of the Exhibition Catalogs was selected to represent the art of Campania in the publication of the volume Doni - Authors from Campania, Imagomundi by Luciano Benetton.


Luigi Grassi's photographs belong to the sphere of the urban landscape, necessarily anthropized, in which it is the attention dedicated to their vision that makes the experience derived from the image a source of daily beauty. Luigi Grassi archives in his shots a reality that becomes a spectacle, a contemporary theatrical scenography. The photographer chooses from time to time to open or close the curtain, concealing or revealing the scene in progress.
The vision in Luigi Grassi's images originates from exposure and unveiling, understood as the free emancipation of truth. The idea of ​​the veiled body has the dual ability to disturb and reassure, to hide or to show more than thinkable. The concept of the veil crosses the history of cultures, from East to West, each time defining its ideological limits or its poetic potential.
Through a study on the city, Luigi Grassi transposes the theme of the veil, nudity and the historical sense of these assumptions to everyday urban elements, which almost always go unnoticed, losing the richness of possible meanings due to inattention.


(Chiara Pirozzi)

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