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BIO

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, Edoardo starts looking at destabilizing the apparent order of the metropolis and begins 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 images 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.

Edoardo is invited by the artists of the American Academy in Rome to talk about his work

 

STATEMENT

“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 the origins of social behaviors and institutions.

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 contemporary man and his interactions with society. By exploring the manmade structures that govern our world, I am examining the powers that political forces excise over the single and the public.

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, as to picture an e

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 made of mayhem and maze.

 

From the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity set as foundation of our civil society, we are moving towards a future where security and comfort are the imperatives of modernity. Where general attitudes towards consumption are becoming quintessential principles of community, its members are losing touch with the transcendental. Humans are turning into shadows lost and confused in search for stable grounds.

Men are failing at their ambitious task to enter a new age of reason. After a slow and steady process of liberation from old believes they are powerless facing forces they are unable to understand.

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.