Italia O Italia’s images has been scanned from original C-Prints printed in darkroom by the author himself, Federico Clavarino; pre-press specialist Victor Garrido worked with Federico and the printer at Grafica Palermo (Madrid) to achieve the best possible colour reproduction.
Hardcover with blind debossing
Tipped-in plates on covers
“Italia O Italia, the new photobook from Italian photographer Federico Clavarino, is a captivating fictional journey through modern day Italy, a visual labyrinth rich with references and symbols. The product of nearly five years of work, the project connects various known and unknown places via their architectural elements, adding layers of implied meanings while maintaining a deliberate sense of enigma. Clavarino has said that his work is “originating from problems regarding location in space and in time”, and his photographs seem consciously open-ended and mysterious, specifically placed and yet indeterminate.”
“Italia O Italia is a sophisticated book that combines the formal and the political in a quite unique manner. But it is also a deeply pessimistic book, one that uses the symbols of the past to relate the slow tragedy of a dying present. And in the end that isn’t just the story of Italy, it is the story of everywhere.”
Colin Pantall on Photoeye
“The deciphering of a mechanism stripped of its original encasement, upturned and transformed into an unintelligible thing, might be read as an invitation to navigate the array of Clavarino’s images, which conclude atop a hill from where we can gaze toward a clearing. The work certainly proposes an order or a disorder beyond the purely material, although the reality of this surplus effect emanates from the conjunction of light and texture in literal space. Italia o Italia has been described as depicting a metaphysical city – a place exceeded in experience by the rudiments of the matter that it contains, and the reference to Giorgio de Chirico’s early 20th century paintings is indeed instructive.”
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa on The Great Leap Sideway
An Illegibile Rosetta Stone: Federico Clavarino’s “Italia o Italia” on The Great Leap Sideways by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Federico Clavarino’s interview on Punctum Blog Rainews.it
Federico Clavarino’s interview on Fotografia Magazine
Italia O Italia review by on Conscientious Magazine
Photocaptionist‘s feature by Federica Chiocchetti and Sean Mark
Read Heleen Rodiers’s review on Agenda Magazine.
Read Olga Yatskevich’s review on Collector Daily
Read Colin Pantall’s review of Italia O Italia on Photoeye.
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