‘Photographs go by as if they composed the remains of a lost film of which emerge only a single frame […] It is important to underline how Giuseppe De Mattia’s view can capture some aspects of the geographical conformation of the land, how some layers have overlapped: time, rain, how the salty air and wind have shaped the rocks […] But it is especially the way in which the photographs are combined that strikes the viewer: their assembly. The way a rocky declivity on the coast, cursed by remains (bags, nets, plastic, what remains, maybe, of the sea storm) is combined with an anatomic fragment, a nude shoulder, covered by moles. Assembly: lets go form the mottled rocky walls to the skin, the coetaneous layer, the photo sensible film of a body similar to the astronomical map of a far away galaxy.’
Guiseppe De Mattia was born in Bari on April 24, 1980. From 2006 to 2009 he lived in Lisbon where he has been involved in film making several films and documentaries for television in Portugal, as well as concentrating on his personal photographic work. He is co-founder of the duo audio-video “Fake Samoa” with Nico Pasquini, and co-founder of the collective “House at Sea” with Luke Coclite (curated by Claudio Musso).
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