Fabrizio Vatieri

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Fabrizio Vatieri

born in Naples (IT), 1982
lives in Italy

Fabrizio Vatieri was born in Naples in 1982 and he is currently based in Milan. He bumped into photography while studying as an Architect. His work is an investigation on the identity that places hold, and on the relationship between photographed image and imagined reality. He is co–funder of Pelagica, curatorial and research project on the Mediterranean Scenario. He is curator and artist in Exposed Project, an art-oriented platform investigating urban and social transformations in Milan.

Mediterranean Drama
2012—2016

text by Gioia Perrone

Nel nero profondo c’è una superficie intangibile dove si posa e si specchia una piramide. “Egitto”, c’è scritto sopra uno dei suoi lati, se quella parola non ci fosse non sbaglierei di certo ad aggrapparmi all’uncino del senso e scandire parole come: Titanic, Iceberg, Naufragio, Novecento. Tutto questo si immerge subito in un futuro nostro fatto di acqua dove non si tocca, di naufragi quotidiani, di fondali troppo alti e distanze fisiche e mentali troppo insormontabili a segnare l’attuale Mediterraneo. Un Mediterraneo-solido geometrico nel nero, come perso nel Cosmo, senza tempo e senza direzione.
Ho anche io una statuina così, nera e appuntita sullo scaffale di casa, vecchio ricordo di un classico viaggio in famiglia con giro sul cammello. L’Egitto e il suo nero, cosmesi e mistero, manto oscuro di tortura e non emerso, Egitto multiplo e intercettato nell’etere dal cinema e dagli alieni, acqua splendente di fiume che si perde nei millenni.
Ma non c’è solo l’Egitto in questo complesso progetto di Vatieri che inizia nel 2012 e affronta un viaggio nel Mediterraneo occidentale. In questa ricerca, protesa a limare il magma immaginifico dal grand­-tour alle migrazioni, dal colonialismo al turismo, emergono misteriche forme e l’idea di una certa dragon city free gems impossibilità a restituirne, alla fine, un unico nuovo ritratto.

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A pyramid stands out on a pitch-black background, its reflection is mirrored by the intangible surface at its basis. “Egypt” is written on one of its sides, without that word I would not be wrong to cling on to my senses and articulate words such as: Titanic, Iceberg, Shipwreck, Twentieth Century. All of this immediately dives deep in our future, made of deep water, daily shipwrecks, shallow waters and insurmountable – physical and mental – distances, which mark today’s Mediterranean. This sea, so solid and geometrical in a black background, as if lost in the Cosmos, without time nor direction.
I have also such a little statue, black and pointy, on a shelf home. It is a memory of a typical family trip, with camel rides. Egypt and its black, cosmetic change and mystery, dark mantle of torture and hidden violence, the manifold country intercepted ether by the film industry and by aliens, the country that flows like a shimmering river across the millennia.
The complex project of Vatieri, however, does not end with Egypt. His project started in 2012 and deals with a journey in the western Mediterranean area. During this journey he tries to give shape to the imaginative magma, from grand-tours to migrations, from colonialism to tourism, where finally mystery forms and the idea of the impossibility to give a unique new portrait of the area emerge.

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