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Vittore Fossati
1954, Alessandria
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Vittore Fossati was born in 1954 in Alessandria, where he lives and works.

Beginning his career as photographer in 1977 and recognized as the most direct heir to Luigi Ghirri, Fossati took part in many of the collective projects he staged. Since the 1980s, Fossati has completed various photographic projects commissioned by institutions and public bodies; among them Archivio dello Spazio for the Provincia di Milano (1987–97), Reviving Monuments for Associazione Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea (2001), Osserva.Te.R. for the Regione Lombardia (2001–04), Paesaggi dissonanti. Fotografia e opere incongrue for the Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia Romagna (2003), Atlante italiano 003, Sguardi contemporanei. 50 anni di architettura italiana and Workscape for DARC (2003, 2004 and 2006).

Ironic, highly-cultured and a great lover of literature, Fossati created works that are full of theoretical and literary references. Regarding Oviglio (1981), which opened “A perdita d’occhio”, the first chapter of Viaggio in Italia, he explained, “It is a homage to the rationalization of vision and the disenchantment that can result from it. As Erwin Panofsky teaches, the representation of space is the symbolic shape of a culture. In the image, which is arranged with a central perspective, the rainbow is generated by a sprinkler system that produces a miniaturization of a celestial event. And the arch of the rainbow does not end in a forest but in the middle of a street, where there is no pot of gold to be found…”.
Fossati’s photographs can be recounted insofar as they are in fact enigmatic fantasies, with a Borges flavour, often enclosed in the reflective space of a circular vision. The round images of Appunti per una fotografia di paesaggio convey a feeling of infinity, the symbol of which is drawn in the sand by wheel prints, or a sense of other realities, such as the lunar terrain of Frascarolo, fiume Po (1991).

Lands of Men

Palazzo Gromo Losa, Biella

27 ottobre 2017 - 7 gennaio 2018

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Quattro

Barbieri, Fossati, Guidi, Niedermayr

27th March | 5th June 2011

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Vittore Fossati
Oviglio
, 1981
c-print
30 x 40 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Valenza Po
, 1979
c-print
30 x 40 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Frascarolo, fiume Po,
1991
from the series “Appunti per una fotografia di paesaggio”
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Frascarolo, fiume Po
, 1991
from the series “Appunti per una fotografia di paesaggio”
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Frascarolo, fiume Po,
1991
from the series “Appunti per una fotografia di paesaggio”
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Suardi, verso il Po,
1991
from the series “Appunti per una fotografia di paesaggio”
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist

Vittore Fossati
Belle Arti,
1993-1998
c-print
30 x 30 cm
© the artist