Edoardo Cozzani is an Italian photographer born in Rome.
In July 2016 Edoardo graduates from LUISS Guido Carli gaining a Law degree and moves to New York to study conceptual photography at the International Center of Photography.
During the first semester Edoardo produces Anamorphosis, a series that deals with loss of identity of the modern man.
In December 2016 Anamorphosis is exhibited in Rome in a solo show curated by Cultrise, a roman art organization.
After a trip to Hong Kong in February 2017, begins to work on the series Babel, which in June becomes part of a group exhibition called Hidden Narratives in New York at the Rita K. Hillman gallery. One of the photos from the series is selected as signature image of the show.
Consequently, Babel is selected as one of the winning projects of the photography competition Life Framer, addressing the theme of civilization.
Before the end of 2017 Babel is exhibited in two solo shows in Italy: October the 28th, in a 14th century palace in San Vito in Puglia. December the 14th, in LAB174 gallery in Rome.
The same month Edoardo is invited by the artists of the American Academy in Rome to talk about his work.
Early 2018 Edoardo’s new project Supernatural Retrospectives is selected with the work of two other NY based artist to be part of an exhibition at a photography gallery in Rome called ACTA International
During the same summer Edoardo is commissioned by the Italy America Chamber of Commerce to produce ten pieces chosen out of his series Babel. The work is showed at the IACC new offices in New York as part of a program for promoting emerging artists.
On June the 15th, some of the pictures from Edoardo's series Anamorphosis are chosen to be printed on the first edition of The Negative Times. The art magazine is first released at I Never Read Art Book Fair in Basel during the Art Basel.
In October, Edoardo is invited to show his work to the students of the International Center of Photography in New York, by the artist and professor Allen Frame.
“Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
Receiving a traditional and conservative education, I have been exhaustively exposed to an environment saturated with dogmas and conventions. Interfacing such a categorical pattern of conduct ignited my interest in social structures.
My production strives to expose the violent and unstable nature of existence. Engaging with a timeless set of feelings, I am willing to express the beauty and terror of the encounters with the unknown.
My greatest interest resides in the study of the interactions between nature and society.
My practice aims at challenging the traditional perception of photography. Exploring the dynamics of layered imagery and controlled use of motion, I am stressing the mechanical characters of the camera.
Moved by allegorical motives, I test the conventional limits of the media. Experimenting with superimposed negatives in the darkroom, I search for new symbolic attributes resulting from the layering of different films.
Photographing subject as object and object as subject, I strive to dematerialize corporal bodies and animate artificial volumes so as to unveil an artificial realm of illusions that govern our world.
Working with surreal imagery of distorted shapes and vivid colors I aim at showing a less idealized image of the present. Breaking through its shiny surface, I am willing to expose the fractures of a decadent society in pursuit of perfection.