About the artist
I am a conceptual photographer and filmmaker whose work centers on the emotional landscape between human beings and urban environment: The Architecture of Emotions. My interest have developed through involvement and collaboration with many leading architectural firms, as well as the experience of extensive travelling and living abroad.
My projects are produced as individual, limited edition photographs, publications, film and large-scale multi-media public installations. I am currently in Madrid, where I am continuing my research as an alumni of the Master in Fine Arts Photography at IED.
My journey began in 2007, while witnessing the growth of new megacities in Asia, I became interested on the subject of accelerated urban transformation. The demolition of many buildings and familiar meeting places, millions of families displaced every year to accommodate new skyscrapers and shopping malls that looked all the same: cities of estrangement, places without memories.
In Hong Kong during 2009-2010, I saw a city that seemed to embody, in many ways, what other modern metropolis could eventually become. The creation of an environment where human life is constantly at risk of being marginalised. During my residency on the island, I have created "Cityscapes: the Dream of Modernity", a photographic project published as a book in 2016.
In 2017, during my residency in Prague, I have investigated the post-industrial landscape in Kladno, an industrial city in the outskirts of Prague. This work has provided a platform to expand further the scope of my research through the media of photography, film, poetry and sound - articulating the emotional connection with the urban environment, while also exploring the social and moral implications of the de-industrialised city. A project that has brought the visual order of the cityscape into a new emotional realm: The Architecture of Emotions.
In 2017 the work "Cityscapes: The Dream of Modernity" has been recognised with the Excellence Award by Black and White Magazine in the United States, as well as being selected to participate in the 20th edition of PhotoEspaña's Descubrimientos.
I was born in 1969 in Rome, Italy and since 2005 I have been living abroad in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Spain.
My photography and film installations have been exhibited and published in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Czech Republic and the United States and are part of several private collections.
The Architecture of Emotions
2017: Iron Dust - Reflections, Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity, Vnitroblock, Prague, Czech Republic
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity, Italian Cultural Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
2010: Cityscapes, Cantina Belli, Fumone, Italy
2008: Cityscapes, Kina Art Caffè, Marino, Italy
2008: Cityscapes, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, UK
2007: Cityscapes, Al Volo Gallery, London, UK
2007: Cityscapes, Municipal Palace, Fumone, Italy
2017: The Architecture of Emotions, Duration 4.14 English
2018: The Duality of Truth - between Aspiration and Realisation, selected as runner up at
2nd International Photography Prize Mondo Galeria, Madrid, Spain
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity - Excellence Award – Black and White Magazine US
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity selected for Descubrimientos at Photo Espana XX
2017: Iron Dust - Reflections - Fine Prints Edition, Fondazione Eleutheria Czech Republic
2016: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity, Photography book
2018: L’Architettura delle Emozioni, struttura e organizzazione del processo creativo,
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Palermo
Features and Articles
2017: Praha 1 TV: IRON DUST - Reflections
2017: Interview, in conversation with Vnitroblock
2017: Hashtag Photography, 19, London
2017: Il Sogno di Modernità di Danilo De Rossi, Mariapia Bruno, Blasting News
2017: Book review on Czech Green Building Council, Czech Republic
2017: Ciao Praga, Il sogno di Modernità di Danilo De Rossi, by Paola Caronni
2009: DC Photography Magazine, 105 - Hong Kong
2009: Silvershotz, Volume 7, Edition 2
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