di Federico Clavarino
Something more than just a group of nations or the designation of a geographical area, Europe can be understood as an idea, or a set of ideas. The idea of Europe shapes and fuels the history of a considerable part of our planet, starting from ancient Greece and the Roman Empire on to the great colonial powers of the last few centuries. The aim of this series of photographs is to follow the traces these ideas have left upon the surface of things and people in post-WW2 Europe, as well as on the walls of its cities, in the galleries of the museums in which its history is conserved, and on the barriers that are raised to define and defend the borders of its territories.
The Castle is a building made with images and it consists of four parts. Its first chapter, “The Dead”, refers to its modern founding myth: the events that led to the contemporary European order. Chapter two, “The Organising Principles”, deals with the ideas of power and authority that are at the basis of European societies. Chapter three, “The Castle”, explores the resulting building by evidencing its elements of separation and control. Finally, the fourth and last chapter, “At Twilight”, is at the same time a prophecy and an exhortation.
Federico Clavarino (Turin, Italy 1984), after attending a Master Course in literature and creative writing at Alessandro Baricco’s Scuola Holden, in 2007 he moved to Madrid where he started studying photography at Blank Paper Escuela with Fosi Vegue. In 2010 he published his first short essay, La Vertigine. His first book, Ukraina Pasport received the PhotoEspaña Honourable Mention as best book of 2011. He began working as a teacher at Blank Paper Escuela, where he taught until 2017. In 2012 he was selected for Pla(t)form, at Winterthur Fotomuseum. In September 2014 the publisher Akina Books brought out his second book, Italia o Italia, exhibited in 2015 at the International Photography Festival of Rome. In April 2016 Dalpine published his third book, The Castle, exhibited in various festivals (PhotoEspaña in 2016, Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2017) and in galleries (Viasaterna in Milan, Temple in Paris, Espace JB in Geneva) around Europe. Hereafer, received the La Caixa Foundation Fotopres grant in 2014 and it was exhibited at CaixaForum in Barcelona and Madrid in 2017 and was published by Skinnerboox in March 2019. Since 2016 he is represented by Viasaterna in Milan. He currently teaches and lectures internationally, collaborating with museums (MACRO in Rome, CCCB in Barcelona, Museo San Telmo in San Sebastian), schools (ISSP in Latvia, D.O.O.R. and Officine Fotografiche in Rome) and universities (Leeds University, Universidad de Navarra).