Massimiliano Gatti, AiR 2010 (Artist in Residence)

Fotosintesi is a photographic installation that explores the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. Within it, Massimiliano Gatti focuses on a small ideal world which hosts specimens of plants from right across the planet, living in an organised and regulated system, instrumental to their conservation and development. The garden is split into two different microcosms - the park and the conservatory - which within the installation are placed one in front of the other in two different blocks of images. In Giardino, a contemplative and wide-ranging attitude displays elements of a familiar and orderly kind of nature within an architectural setting. Selva on the other hand features a lush and thriving natural environment, apparently rebellious, depicted in the conservatory with a participatory approach making use of close-up framing. Placed in dialectic confrontation, almost as if they were thesis and antithesis, the two blocks come together in the installation as a whole, serving as a metaphor for the social complexity to be found within a community.

Slide show: 
Fotosintesi, (2011) Installation of 24 photographs, Inkjet print
Fotosintesi, (2011) Installation of 24 photographs, Inkjet print
Fotosintesi, Installation (2012) in ex Ospedale S.Agostino, Modena
Fotosintesi, Installation (2012) in ex Ospedale S.Agostino, Modena
Biography: 

Massimiliano Gatti (1981), graduated in Pharmacy and in Photography at cfp Bauer, and for a long time has concentrated his photographic practice and research on Middle Eastern territory. Since 2008 Gatti has been the main photographer for the archaeological mission of the University of Udine in Qatna, Syria; participated in the collective exhibition Piattaforma Zeronove at Fondazione Fotografia (2009), Modena; AiR (2010) Stills, Scottish Centre for Photography, Edinburgh; International Departures 11 (2011) at Ospedale S. Agostino, Modena; Materadio (2012) a photographic project commissioned by RAI Radio3 and the city of Matera and edited by Foundation Photography; Peta (2012) Oggetti Quotidiani exhibition, Objective Reporter Gallery, Milan; Proximum Est (2012), San Pietro, Atrio, Como. Gatti now teaches Still Life photography with Objective Reporter, Milan and Archaeological Photography in Dohuk, Iraq and participates in the Archaeological Project, Parten, an interdisciplinary research conducted by the University of Udine in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the land of Nineveh

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