antonio ottomanelli

bio

Antonio Ottomanelli was born in Bari. Architect by training, until 2012 he was adjunct professor at the Urban Planning Department – Milan Polytechnic. His work is part of the VAF Stiftung collection at the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto, MART. Works such as Big Eye Kabul and Mapping Identity are part of the FOAM Musem collection in Amsterdam. He teaches in Milan at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Master in Photography and Visual Design) and at FEdu Feltrinelli Education (Visual Activism: images and the public space). His represented in Italy and abroad by Montrasio Arte (MIlano, Monza) and Galerie Km0 (Innsbruck).

selected exhibitions

  • 2012 He took part in Sao Paulo Calling Promoted by the Social Housing Agency. A research project developed between January and June 2012 to discuss the policies undertaken by the Municipality of São Paulo and those implemented by other metropolis that, in different and distant parts of the planet, are facing today the big issues of informal settlements. For six months, a touring exhibition has explored the characteristics, the differences and the causes of informal settlements in São Paulo, Rome, Nairobi, Medellin, Mumbai, Moscow and Baghdad.
  • 2013 His first solo exhibition, Collateral Landscape, curated by Joseph Grima was staged by the Milan Triennale Museum.
  • 2013 He took part in the first Istanbul Design Biennial.
  • 2013 His work was part of the exhibition The cartography of the unseen curated by Essen-Van Eylat Yael at HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Faculty of Design, Research Gallery, Master’s Program in Integrated Design.
  • 2014 His work was staged by the Bishopsgate Institute during This Is Not a Gateway Festival  in London, curated by Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield. Now his work is part of the This Is Not a Gateway living archive. The Archive has been funded by Arts Council England and the United Kingdom’s Heritage Lottery Fund. The Archive has been supported by the Bishopsgate Institute, Oceania and This Is Not A Gateway.
  • 2014 He took part in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia.
  • 2016 The solo exhibition Kabul+Baghdad curated by Francesco Zanot, was staged by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia. The exhibition was the first of a series of exhibitions on young Italian visual artists.
  • 2016 He was nominated FOAM Talent 2016. One of the most prestigious awards worldwide, given each and every year to a selection of exceptionally talented visual artists between the ages of 18 and 35 from all across the world.
  • 2016 The solo exhibition Eye-Hand Span curated by Nora Akawi was staged by Montrasio Arte in Milan. • 2017 His work was staged for the first time in New York by Red Hook Labs, the exhibition was promoted and produced by the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.
  • 2017 His work was staged in London by Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, during the PhotoLondon fair and festival.
  • 2017 His work was staged at Villa Brandolini in Pieve di Soligo on the occasion of F4 Festival / Un’idea di Fotografia promoted by Francesco Fabbri Foundation in collaboration with the Municipality of Pieve di Soligo.
  • 2018 His work was part of the exhibition The Distribution of the sensible. Antonio Ottomanelli goes between the works of Luigi Ghirri and Gordon Matta-Clark. Is an exhibition research project part of a larger set of events in Universo Assisi 2018. Universo Assisi 2018 is a festival created by the City of Assisi, organised in collaboration with FIA Fondazione Internazionale Assisi.
  • 2019 His work was part of the exhibtion Apologia della storia – the historian’s craft curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi at ICA Milano together with works by Yto Barrada, Lothar Baumgarten, James Lee Byars, Nanna Debois Buhl, Ryan Gander, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Arjan Martins, Santu Mofokeng, Paul Pfeiffer, Javier Téllez, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor . The show inaugurated the exhibition activity of the new art foundation.
  • 2020 Was selected for the IX edition of the VAF Foundation prize (Volker and Aurora Feierabend), the first exhibition will take place at the Stadtgalerie Kiel next June.

antonio ottomanelli

bio

Born in Bari. Architect by training, until 2012 he was adjunct professor at the Urban Planning Department – Milan Polytechnic. His work is part of the VAF Stiftung collection at the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto, MART. Works such as Big Eye Kabul and Mapping Identity are part of the FOAM Musem collection in Amsterdam. He teaches in Milan at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Master in Photography and Visual Design) and at FEdu Feltrinelli Education (Visual Activism: images and the public space). He is represented in Italy and abroad by Montrasio Arte (MIlano, Monza) and Galerie Km0 (Innsbruck).

selected exhibitions

  • 2012 He took part in Sao Paulo Calling Promoted by the Social Housing Agency. A research project developed between January and June 2012 to discuss the policies undertaken by the Municipality of São Paulo and those implemented by other metropolis that, in different and distant parts of the planet, are facing today the big issues of informal settlements. For six months, a touring exhibition has explored the characteristics, the differences and the causes of informal settlements in São Paulo, Rome, Nairobi, Medellin, Mumbai, Moscow and Baghdad.
  • 2013 His first solo exhibition, Collateral Landscape, curated by Joseph Grima was staged by the Milan Triennale Museum.
  • 2013 He took part in the first Istanbul Design Biennial.
  • 2013 His work was part of the exhibition The cartography of the unseen curated by Essen-Van Eylat Yael at HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Faculty of Design, Research Gallery, Master’s Program in Integrated Design.
  • 2014 His work was staged by the Bishopsgate Institute during This Is Not a Gateway Festival  in London, curated by Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield. Now his work is part of the This Is Not a Gateway living archive. The Archive has been funded by Arts Council England and the United Kingdom’s Heritage Lottery Fund. The Archive has been supported by the Bishopsgate Institute, Oceania and This Is Not A Gateway.
  • 2014 He took part in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia.
  • 2016 The solo exhibition Kabul+Baghdad curated by Francesco Zanot, was staged by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia. The exhibition was the first of a series of exhibitions on young Italian visual artists.
  • 2016 He was nominated FOAM Talent 2016. One of the most prestigious awards worldwide, given each and every year to a selection of exceptionally talented visual artists between the ages of 18 and 35 from all across the world.
  • 2016 The solo exhibition Eye-Hand Span curated by Nora Akawi was staged by Montrasio Arte in Milan. • 2017 His work was staged for the first time in New York by Red Hook Labs, the exhibition was promoted and produced by the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.
  • 2017 His work was staged in London by Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, during the PhotoLondon fair and festival.
  • 2017 His work was staged at Villa Brandolini in Pieve di Soligo on the occasion of F4 Festival / Un’idea di Fotografia promoted by Francesco Fabbri Foundation in collaboration with the Municipality of Pieve di Soligo.
  • 2018 His work was part of the exhibition The Distribution of the sensible. Antonio Ottomanelli goes between the works of Luigi Ghirri and Gordon Matta-Clark. Is an exhibition research project part of a larger set of events in Universo Assisi 2018. Universo Assisi 2018 is a festival created by the City of Assisi, organised in collaboration with FIA Fondazione Internazionale Assisi.
  • 2019 His work was part of the exhibtion Apologia della storia – the historian’s craft curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi at ICA Milano together with works by Yto Barrada, Lothar Baumgarten, James Lee Byars, Nanna Debois Buhl, Ryan Gander, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Arjan Martins, Santu Mofokeng, Paul Pfeiffer, Javier Téllez, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor . The show inaugurated the exhibition activity of the new art foundation.
  • 2020 Was selected for the IX edition of the VAF Foundation prize (Volker and Aurora Feierabend), the first exhibition will take place at the Stadtgalerie Kiel next June.

curatorial projects

  • 2014 He founded White Hole Gallery together with Lorenza Baroncelli, Marco Ferrari, Joseph Grima and Elisa Pasqual. A remotely-controlled micro-gallery in Genoa (Italy), combining strategies of artistic practice and journalism to investigate, document and debate the forces — visible and invisible — that shape society and the landscape.
  • 2014 He founded Planar, together with Anna Vasta. Planar is an organization based in Bari (IT). Planar’s research focuses on the study of the relationship between the main factors that determine the contemporaneity of the global landscape in which we live, in its material and immaterial dimensions. Planar inquires, through visual art tools, the relationships between technological evolution, authority, landscape transformations and daily life. Throughout different activities and devices including editorial and curatorial projects, Planar aims to create an environment for discussion, debate, research and education. Planar especially aims to be an European outpost for cultural exchanges with the Arab world. Main goal of Planar is to allow partnerships between private companies, artists and projects through specific research programs, placing them in a coordinated framework for visibility and relations with the Arab world.
  • 2015 He is the curator of OIGO, an International Observatory of Major Works dedicated to the observation of the impact of major infrastructure works on territorial and social changes. OIGO is a project developed with the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT), sponsored by Contship Group, ANAS spa and WillisTower & Watson. OIGO has produced The Third Island, a visual investigation on the Calabria region and the A3 highway, which was the first of a series of photography campaigns involving a selection of ten european photographers in order to document the effects of human interventions and natural disasters on the european environment. The volume The Third Island, collecting the results of the photography campaign, was published in 2015.
  • 2016 He is the co-curator of Verso Il Mediterraneo; the exhibition stammed from the research project The Third Island, promoted by OIGO, staged by Palazzo Poli (National Chalcography Institute for Graphics) in Rome. The exhibition was the first of a series of initiative and event produced by ANAS spa celebrating the opening of the new A3 highway.
  • 2016 Was opened Planar Gallery. A storefront art gallery with printing and publishing lab. He is the editor in chief of the publishing house Planar Books which is placed inside the gallery space.
  • 2016 He is co-curator, together with Jawad Dukhgan of the research project Lessons of a City, a research project promoted by StudioX Amman – Columbia Global Center Middle East, Columbia University GSAPP. Lessons of a City is a research initiative mapping stopped construction sites and failed real estate speculation in Amman, in relation to the various master plans drawn for the city, its recent history and the geopolitics of the Mashriq.
  • 2018 He is the curator of the exhibition Mi Ricordo La Strada to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of ANAS, the Italian National Highways Corporation. Opening at the Triennale di Milano, the exhibition later travelled to Trieste, Reggio Emilia, Assisi, Olbia, Salerno, and Reggio Calabria, concluding in Catania. Mi ricordo la strada builds up a visual narrative of one century of Italian history through a selection of photographs taken out of ten of the most important events during which Italians took over the public spaces collectively. The site-specific exhibition hosted by the Triennale di Milano aimed at stirring a collective memory around the notion of the street while representing the key initiative in the program created by ANAS to celebrate its 90th birthday of activity.
  • 2019 He is strategic consultant and contemporary art advisor for Banca Mediolanum/ Centodieci. Curator of contemporary art and photography exhibitions, public programs and publishing projects.

curatorial projects

  • 2014 He founded White Hole Gallery together with Lorenza Baroncelli, Marco Ferrari, Joseph Grima and Elisa Pasqual. A remotely-controlled micro-gallery in Genoa (Italy), combining strategies of artistic practice and journalism to investigate, document and debate the forces — visible and invisible — that shape society and the landscape.
  • 2014 He founded Planar, together with Anna Vasta. Planar is an organization based in Bari (IT). Planar’s research focuses on the study of the relationship between the main factors that determine the contemporaneity of the global landscape in which we live, in its material and immaterial dimensions. Planar inquires, through visual art tools, the relationships between technological evolution, authority, landscape transformations and daily life. Throughout different activities and devices including editorial and curatorial projects, Planar aims to create an environment for discussion, debate, research and education. Planar especially aims to be an European outpost for cultural exchanges with the Arab world. Main goal of Planar is to allow partnerships between private companies, artists and projects through specific research programs, placing them in a coordinated framework for visibility and relations with the Arab world.
  • 2015 He is the curator of OIGO, an International Observatory of Major Works dedicated to the observation of the impact of major infrastructure works on territorial and social changes. OIGO is a project developed with the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT), sponsored by Contship Group, ANAS spa and WillisTower & Watson. OIGO has produced The Third Island, a visual investigation on the Calabria region and the A3 highway, which was the first of a series of photography campaigns involving a selection of ten european photographers in order to document the effects of human interventions and natural disasters on the european environment. The volume The Third Island, collecting the results of the photography campaign, was published in 2015.
  • 2016 He is the co-curator of Verso Il Mediterraneo; the exhibition stammed from the research project The Third Island, promoted by OIGO, staged by Palazzo Poli (National Chalcography Institute for Graphics) in Rome. The exhibition was the first of a series of initiative and event produced by ANAS spa celebrating the opening of the new A3 highway.
  • 2016 Was opened Planar Gallery. A storefront art gallery with printing and publishing lab. He is the editor in chief of the publishing house Planar Books which is placed inside the gallery space.
  • 2016 He is co-curator, together with Jawad Dukhgan of the research project Lessons of a City, a research project promoted by StudioX Amman – Columbia Global Center Middle East, Columbia University GSAPP. Lessons of a City is a research initiative mapping stopped construction sites and failed real estate speculation in Amman, in relation to the various master plans drawn for the city, its recent history and the geopolitics of the Mashriq.
  • 2018 He is the curator of the exhibition Mi Ricordo La Strada to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of ANAS, the Italian National Highways Corporation. Opening at the Triennale di Milano, the exhibition later travelled to Trieste, Reggio Emilia, Assisi, Olbia, Salerno, and Reggio Calabria, concluding in Catania. Mi ricordo la strada builds up a visual narrative of one century of Italian history through a selection of photographs taken out of ten of the most important events during which Italians took over the public spaces collectively. The site-specific exhibition hosted by the Triennale di Milano aimed at stirring a collective memory around the notion of the street while representing the key initiative in the program created by ANAS to celebrate its 90th birthday of activity.
  • 2019 He is strategic consultant and contemporary art advisor for Banca Mediolanum/ Centodieci. Curator of contemporary art and photography exhibitions, public programs and publishing projects.
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