Jacopo Valentini was born in Modena in 1990 and he studied at Mendrisio Architecture Academy after he enrolled in the IUAV Photography Master in Venice with Angela Vettese and the photographer Stefano Graziani…Then many awards: in 2015 he was selected to participate in the Foto Factory Modena project in collaboration with SkyArteHD and the Fondazione Fotografia Modena, in 2017 with the 101ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti alla Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, in 2019 he was selected for the Giovane Fotografia Italiana 07 and in the same year he won the Premio Nocivelli. The young photographer has already had exhibitions in Italy and abroad: from the Triennale of Milan to the Pecci Center in Prato, from RIBA (London) to the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice (and many others).
Jacopo approaches photography from an early age and he revisits the classic photography of the Italian landscape proposing a new form of interpretation of the territories. It’s not limited to the use of photography but goes further. He tells us: “architecture and landscapes fascinate me, but I must point out that they are not to be considered as absolute contents, on the contrary. Currently my research, in addition to using photography, is also combined with other techniques. Other materials are used alongside the photographic medium, for example through the use of plaster, paper, posters, etc. that each time give life and a different result at the exhibition level, aiming at an installation level.“
Jacopo Valentini studies any layer of the landscape “Through the intersection of a multitude of levels, from the religious to the faunistic, from the culinary to the architectural, from the vegetable to the literal, passing through the social and so on, of what we still call territory, in all its forms. Not always, however, these different fields of discussion can coexist together. Each case is specific and each situation must be studied with a calibrated approach to understanding what is relevant and what is not, so as to have a visual narrative that comes to life along a common thread.” This is what happened in ” Volcano’s Ubiquity “, where Jacopo Valentini photographs the Neapolitan landscape from an unusual perspective trying to go beyond the Neapolitan cliché and to break the canonical rules of photographing the Neapolitan territory.
Text by Bianca Felicori