“Through his art practice he is investigating the changing nature of reality and visual representation in the digital age, exploring the new qualities and limitation of the digital image in its networked environments.”
Christopher Vanja – Gallery and Project Manager at Art Basel, Switzerland
Pietro Catarinella is an artist now based in Milan. He studied architecture and photography before completing his Ma Photography at Central Saint Martins (London, UK). In the same year (2014) started a project called Data Traffic: an art research / practice questioning the contemporary visual condition.
Data Traffic is based upon a continuous manipulation of images. These are intersected, mixed and fused together through the use of software, digital technologies and manual intervention. The denial of the single image brings to assemblages in which the elements are no longer separable but rather become part of multi-layered networks. This process visualizes synthetically the complexity of the digital age, its fragmentation and acceleration, the accumulation and ubiquity of images. It also reflects on the broad crisis of visual representation. The manipulation starts with very heterogeneous materials that change every single time in relation to a specific ongoing process. Any physical reality able to be scanned, “framed” by a computer screen, is potentially usable: Internet pictures taken from both digital and analog archives, found objects, scans, photographs, everyday images are put on the same level. Images are not included because of their high resolution nor either because of the quality of their representation. They are selected for their ability to be part of a specific process of manipulation and, therefore, to relate each other. The approach to the manipulation process is the opposite to the one of the designer: avoiding to start with a precise idea of what the final image would look like, the experimentation brings to unpredictable final results. The way is the one of the nomad in an always changing territory: a series of operations are performed interacting with and, at the same time, changing the same ground we are walking on. Final outputs are still ‘open works’, independent but also capable to relate to other works, occasionally being part of series.
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018 – Shortlisted
Lumen Prize 2017 – Longlisted
Celeste Prize 2017 – Longlisted
Education Oct. 2012 – Jun. 2014 London, UK – UAL – Central Saint Martins – MA PHOTOGRAPHY Sept. 2010 – Jun. 2011 Rome, Italy – School of photography “Scuola Romana di Fotografia” – REPORTAGE AND PHOTOJOURNALISM Sept. 2003 – Jul. 2010 Rome, Italy – University of La Sapienza – BA and MA ARCHITECTURE Art Residencies VIR Viafarini-in-residence (2018) – Milan, Italy 01 Oct. – 30 Nov. 2017 – Intercambiador ACART – Madrid, Spain Artist Talk 10 Nov. 2017 – ‘Silent Artist Talk’ – Faculty of Fine Arts, University URJC in Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain Exhibitions 2018 ‘Liminar Archive’ within VIR Open Studio + Camouflage, VIR – Viafarini-in-residence, via Farini 35, Milan, Italy ‘Anatomies’ within The Others Art Fair – Specific, within“Prospettive dell’infrasottile”, curated by BUTIK, Ex Ospedale Maria Adelaide, Turin, Italy ‘Fractal’ within ‘Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018’ curated by Conrad Carvalho, Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery, London, UK ‘Self Shot 01’ within ‘Ramificazioni Festival’, curated by Simona Caramia, Castello di Squillace (Cz), Italy 2017 Black Light Networks – Nadie, Nunca, Nada, No, Madrid, Spain ‘Layers’ within ‘Galla Placidia 194’ curated by Shara Wasserman – Temple Gallery – Temple University Rome, , Rome, Italy ‘Superimpositions’ within ‘Present & Future, just across the streets’ curated by Marta Michelacci – Factory – MACRO FUTURE – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome, Italy ‘Data Traffic’ within ‘RAW – Rome Art Week’ – Studio Placidia, Rome, Italy ‘#Selecting’ within ‘Tiny Biennale’ curated by Shara Wasserman – Temple Gallery – Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy 2016 ‘Repetition #1’ within ‘RAW – Rome Art Week’ – Studio Placidia, Rome, Italy 2015 ‘Data Traffic Project’ within ‘PHOTOMASTERS – PHOTOMONTH – East London Photography Festival, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK ‘(De)Construct – New Positions on Contemporary Photography from the UK’ – supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, organized and curated by Vanja Contemporary AV17 Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania 2014 ‘Screens’ within ‘Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP)’ – Pingyao (Shanxi Province), People’s Republic of China ‘Layers’ within ‘PRINT/3’ – Arcane Gallery, London, UK ‘Data Traffic 01’ and ‘Data Traffic 02’ within CSM Postgraduate Art Degree Show 2014 – K Space, London, UK ‘Out of Rome’ curated by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro – Green Arcola Gallery, London, UK Publications and Catalogs 2018 C.arte n.3, edited and curated by Butik Collective 2015 Self – as – Subject: the multiple eXposure project zine 1.0 Editing by Sherwin Altarez Mapanoo OPEN CALL / WEB ZINE https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_wP6apBEAtrUnQya1ZQbzQ2UEU/view (Data Traffic Projec – pp. 95 – 98) 2014 STOP IT, MA Fine Art and Science, MA Fine Art and MA Photography 2014, Central Saint Martins CATALOG Concept and project supervision: Anna Kolosova, William Carter, Thomas W. Kuppler, Charlotte Wendy Law, Sinaida Michalskaja Designed and printed by Ditto Press, London, UK – Central Saint Martins Photography 2014 CATALOG Curation & Editing by Shahin Zarinbal and Sinaida Michalskaja Printed in Germany (Edition of 500)