Paolo Ventura, ‘Autoritrato con Primo - La Citta Infinita’, 2016, Flatland Gallery

With 'La Citta Infinita', Paolo Ventura (1968, Milan, Italy) takes his known process one step further by painting the photographs of constructed scenes and adding collage. The works, which evoke the atmosphere of 1940s and 1950s Italian Neorealism film, present alienating yet nostalgic cityscapes punctuated by human figures, always Ventura himself, in varying costumes. Although each scene differs, the horizon lines remain on the same level, creating an infinite cityscape, La Citta Infinita, exactly how Ventura envisioned this when he was young.

Signature: Paolo Ventura

Image rights: © Paolo Ventura

About Paolo Ventura

There is a hazy sense of timelessness in the photographs of Paolo Ventura. The Italian artist makes images of what he calls “invented worlds” or “ir-realities,” using cardboard and found objects from flea markets and eBay to construct a universe of elaborate dioramas filled with tiny details, which he then photographs as though they were life-size. The result is a cloudy, undefined atmosphere where narratives play out like dreams, somewhere between fantasy and memory. Though placed in ambiguous settings, his work often references the period surrounding World War II, as well as fantastical stories told by his father, a children’s book author.

Italian , 1968 , Milan, Italy, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows

Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy,
Racconti Immaginari
Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Mystique Narratives
Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Mystique Narratives II
Museum het Valkhof, 
Nijmegen, Netherlands,
Un Mondo Infinito
Hasted Kraeutler, 
New York,

Group Shows

La Triennale di Milano Museum, 
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy,
New Perspective
New York,
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture
54th Venice Biennale, 
54th Venice Biennale
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