Ravenna, Italy




Marcello Galvani (b. 1975) lives and works in Italy. After a degree in Chemistry, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna with professor Guido Guidi to whom he remained linked as collaborator. In 2007 he got a prize at the award Atlante Italiano 2007 at the Museum Maxxi in Rome, in 2010 he had a special mention at Platform (10) in Fotomuseum Wintherthur (CH) and in 2015 won the prize ‘Sono stato li’ at IUAV, Venice . His work was exhibited in Museum MAR Ravenna in 2012 with a personal show curated by Silvia Loddo and recently in 2017 at PhotoLondon by Large Glass Gallery. He published the books: Queste sei fotografie (2010) Aedizioni, Di Palo In Frasca (2015) ed. del Bradipo, La molla è un motore (2016) Ed. Quinlan, Eggs and Asparagus (2017) ed. Skinnerbooks.
His photographs are part of the pubblic and private collections as Museo MAR Ravenna; Museum Maxxi, Rome; Fotomuseum.Wintherthur (CH), Fondation A Bruxelles (BE).

Artist Statement:

My work is focused on photographing everyday life, investigating what’s under my eyes day after day. I am not primarily interested in describing the place where I live or the streets I cross in a daily itinerary but my aim is to test the power of the camera in transforming things, through two raw materials, as John Berger said: ‘time and light’ . Photography is for me, above all, a practice of attention, an exercise of presence.
The photographs I submit are part of a body of work made in color with an 8×10 camera and printed as contact C-print directly from the negative, that covers an arch of 10 years. Part of this work has been edited in the book ‘Eggs and Asparagus’, ed. Skinnerboox, 2017, following not a priori ideas but directions suggested by the photographs and their combinations, in order to work, page after page, both as an imaginary map of experiences and as a metaphor of the process itself to take pictures.

Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?

I really love having on my table some rolls or sheet films already exposed and still to be developed. I forgot what’s inside. I look at them as if they were Easter Eggs.