About

Matteo Di Giovanni is an Italian photography-based artist whose work deals with personal, intimate, social and anthropological issues, focusing on the themes of memory, identity and human limitations. His landscape photographs reveal a tension between nature and civilization.

He received a MA in Documentary Photography at the University of Westminster in London in 2012.

So far, he has published three monographs, I wish the world was even (2019), Blue Bar (2020) and I had to shed my skin (2022). All published by Artphilein Editions, Lugano.

The three bodies of work form a “loose trilogy”, which will gather in a solo show titled True places never are at Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin in May 2023.

Monographs

2022 — I had to shed my skin
Essay by Aaron Schuman. Artphilein Editions, Lugano, CH
2020 — Blue Bar
Essay by Brad Feuerhelm. Artphilein Editions, Lugano, CH
2019 — I wish the world was even
Essay by Giulia Zorzi. Artphilein Editions, Lugano, CH

Other publications

2021 — Atlante Frammentario. La Fotografia come indagine e creazione del paesaggio contemporaneo in Italia, ISIA, Urbino, IT
2021 — Let's Meet on a Cloud of Freedom, Artphilein Editions, Lugano, CH
2020 — Non-Gasoline Stations, Artphilein Editions, Lugano, CH
2020 — Shift, studiofaganel, Gorizia, IT

Solo exhibitions

2022 — Isole (Torino, IT): True Places Never Are (selection)
2020 — Das Lehrerzimmer (Bern, CH): I wish the world was even
2020 — studiofaganel (Gorizia, IT): I wish the world was even
2019 — Micamera, (Milan, IT): I wish the world was even

Group exhibitions

2022 — Fondazione CaRi Forlì (Forlì, IT): Abbecedario Fotografico
2022 — Ragusa Foto Festival (Ragusa, IT): Harmony. A Mutual Understanding
2022 — Photo Wien (Wien, AT): PhotoBook Exhibition
2021 — Focus (Lugano, CH): Let's Meet on a Cloud of Freedom
2020 — studiofaganel (Gorizia, IT): Shift
2020 — Spazio Choisi (Lugano, CH): Non-Gasoline Stations
2019 — Transformer Station (Cleveland, US): Undercurrents: A Photobook Exhibition
2019 — Museo dell’Arte della Città di Ravenna (Ravenna, IT): Looking On, Sguardi e Prospettive sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana

Awards

2022 — Festival 10x10 — I had to shed my skin — Shortlisted
2022 — Ragusa Foto Festival 2022 — I had to shed my skin — Winner
2022 — Intarget Photolux Award 2022 — I had to shed my skin — Shortlisted
2021 — Lucie Foundation - Notion of Home — Finalist
2020 — Urbanautica Institute AwardBlue Bar — Finalist

Talks

2022 — Isole, (Torino, IT), I had to shed my skin
2022 — Micamera Bookstore, (Milan, IT), I had to shed my skin
2022 — Isole, (Torino, IT), Landscape as a Metaphor with Ivan Catalano
2022 — Artphilein Library, (Lugano, CH), Photography as an Elegy of Interpretation
2021 — Interno Verde, Il Turco, (Ferrara, IT), Landscape as a Metaphor with Roberta Fusari and Marco Marzocchi
2020 — Micamera Bookstore, (Milan, IT), Blue Bar
2020 — Spazio Choisi, (Lugano, CH), Blue Bar
2020 — Das Lehrerzimmer, (Bern, CH), Open Discussion About Producing and Distributing Art Books with Giulia Brivio
2019 — Foce, (Lugano, CH), I wish the world was even with Giulia Zorzi and Emiliano Biondelli
2019 — Fototeca Manfrediana, (Faenza, IT), I wish the world was even
2019 — Micamera Bookstore, (Milan, IT), I wish the world was even

books available at

Artphilein Editions, Lugano, CH
Micamera, Milan, Italy
Photo Book Corner, Lisbon, Portugal
PhotoBookStore, London, UK
Setanta Books, UK
Spaces Corners, Pittsburgh, US
Photo-Eye Bookstore, Santa Fe, US
La Nouvelle Chambre Claire, Paris, FR
Marmo Libreria, Forlì, IT
Leporello, Rome, IT
studiofaganel, Gorizia, IT