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Archilinea Progetti
For over 20 years, Archilinea Progetti has operated in the sectors of public architecture, private building and graphic art, carrying out its most important projects in the ceramics district of Sassuolo, where it is based. The group, made up of Giuseppe Gervasi, Mauro Codeluppi and Monica Rivi, is supported by a team of 20 employees and collaborators which allows them to put together complex projects of great size and specificity. The graphics and architecture sections of Archilinea work in close collaboration, their common field of reference being the requirements of the customer. The true value of Archilinea’s buildings have always shone through as they stand the tests of time, daily wear and tear in both their aesthetic and functional aspects. Archilinea’s work has found the dynamic interlocutor in the area of Sassuolo necessary to marry the territory’s industrial culture with the kind of architecture which is changing the faces of the great European cities, and which represents a cultural basis for the studio. And it is on this basis that the office block of the Ceramica Ariostea was built, along with that of the provincial headquarters of the Lapam in Modena, the office block of Ceramica Lea in Fiorano Modenese, not to mention the showrooms of Ceramica Lea and Ceramica Panaria. In the public sector, Archilinea Progetti has put its name to the scholastic complex of Sassuolo as well as to two nursery schools, one in Castellerano and one in Fiorano Modenese, built following the pedagogical guidelines for infancy developed in Reggio Emilia, a town world-renowned for its excellence in this field.

Aldo Ballo was born in Sciacca in 1928. he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. He continued his studies following the Architecture course at the Polytechnic of Milan. Around 1950, he started working as a reporter for the famous Roto Foto agency run by Fedele Toscani, father of Oliviero and Marirosa. In the mid ‘50s, Ballo turned to the field of advertising working particularly on the images for Agip and Pirelli. In 1953, he opened one of the first design photography studios. All the big names of the sector entrusted him with objects, furniture, settings, from Zanuso to Albini, from Magistretti to Gregotti, Viganò, Castiglione, Aulenti, Citterio, along with the big companies like Cassina, Artemide, Kartell, and Alessi, thus creating a perfect blend between market intuition and project culture. Countless magazines used his images: Arianna, Abitare (of which he created the first front cover), Domus, (various issues) and Casa Vogue (with which he maintained an ongoing collaboration from 1967 until 1993), not to mention many other foreign publications. He died in Milan in 1994.

Giorgio Barrera was born in Cagliari in 1969. he lives and works in Florence. In 1997 he graduated from the Studio Marangoni Photography School of Florence. In 1998 he was the winner of the Canon Prize as best photographer. In 1996 he became Joel Meyerowitz’s assistant in New York and at the TPW in Tuscany. In 1995 he was short-listed among the promising young artists of the “Portfolio” competition, part of Modena per la Fotografia. Among his various exhibitions in Italy and abroad, he was featured in a one-man show in Tampere, Finland in 2000, and in 2002 at the Plovdiv Photography Biennial in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Domenica Bucalo
Born in Messina in 1967. She now lives and works in Milan and New York. After graduating from the Brera Academy of Fine Art, she followed a course in film making at the School of Visual Art of New York. She has participated in numerous theatrical workshops. Her photography is based around the relationship between landscape/people/architecture. Her main exhibitions to date include: 1995 “Naked swimmers” NYC; 1997 “Portfolio”, Galleria Civica di Modena; 2000 “Care Of”, Milan; 2003 “Studio Ercolani” Bologna. She also produced a video as part of a special project following 11th September, viewable on the website www.virtualgallery.fotomodo.com

Cantieri Isola
Cantieri Isola, involves a group of around thirty people (Paolo Artoni, Giuliana Besana, Stefano Boccalini, Marco Brugnara, Massimo Calesini, Francesca Cognetti, Pasqualino Conti, Maurizio De Vei, Elena Donaggio, Paolo Fareri, Laura Frigerio, Diego Furlan, Guido Iemmi, Isabella Inti, Laura Mongai, Eveline Morandi, Alessandra Oppio, Manuela Kovacs, Giò Pozzo, Agostino Sabatini, Barbara Salari, Mariette Schiltz, Greta Silva, Marco Simula, Berth Theis, Rossana Torri, Simone Zamatei) working on a special iniziative in the Isola neighbourhood of Milan. The association aims for a sense of multi-dimensionality, through a group which joins together people working in the social field, with the environment, and in the field of research. (Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, Politecnico di Milano). The Isola area is criss-crossed by different processes of spontaneous development; fragmented processes which are partly hidden from and partly clear to the eye in the almost daily changes to its public dimension. Among its various projects, Cantieri Isola has also carried out an extensive mapping scheme, which from the local dimension obviously becomes a resource for the whole city, with potentially international urban and cultural relationships.

Maria Vittoria Capitanucci (Como 1968) historian and architectural critic. After graduating in architecture in 1993 from the Polytechnic of Milan, she submitted a doctorate thesis on the “History and Criticism of Architecture” in the Faculty of Architecture at the Federico II University of Naples, where she was also a short-term professor. Since 1997, she has been in charge of the A. Pica Archive for the Department of Conservation and History of Architecture of Milan Polytechnic. She also teaches in the faculty in collaboration with Professor Fulvio Irace. Until 2002, she was also in charge of the culture section of the magazine “Costruire”, and she now contributes to specialist publications such as Op.cit., Abitare, Giornale dell’Architettura, Il Sole 24 ore.

Mario Cresci, born in Chiavari (Genoa) in 1942.
From 1963 to 1966, he frequented the Corso Superiore di Industrial Design in Venice. Ever since the sixties, he has been dedicated both to his artistic and graphic work. From 1967 to 1969 he collaborated with the architect Gae Aulenti in Milan. He then moved to Rome where he collaborated with: Pascali, Kounellis, Mattiacci, and Fabio Sargentini’s Attico gallery. At the end of the ‘60s, Cresci was working both in Paris as a designer in a major advertising agency and in Milan, where he put together one of the first environments in Europe at the Diaframma Gallery. He then got involved in the “Politecnico” group of architecture and design working in Tricarico and Matera in the Basilicata region, which whom he set up an in-depth ethno-photographical research project. Mario Cresci teaches History of Photography at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Parma. He is also a visiting professor at the Ecole d'Arts Appliqués of Vevey, Lausanne. He is a teacher of Photography and Visual Communication at the NABA, (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano). From 1992 to 2000 he was the director of the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti of Bergamo. From 1996 to 1999 he was the artistic director of "Savignano Immagine", an event dedicated to contemporary photography. He contributes to the culture pages of the Sunday supplement of the newspaper "Il Sole 24 ore".

F38F Photography studio made up of Paolo Mazzo (photography), Francesco Di Loreto (cinema and video) and Mimo Visconti (multimedia). The group, already picked out for special note in 1993 at the European Kodak Prize, lays claim to a wide range of professional and cultural activities. These projects include an in-depth study of Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria, an anthropological research project on the Maya city of Coplan in Honduras; videos dedicated to Robert Wytt, video-interviews with Brian Eno and Elvis Costello. They have taken part in the Wind and Nokia communication schemes. In 2002 they carried out a comprehensive photographic mapping out of the city of Milan, including six urban itineraries showing growth and transformation, curated by Federico Oliva, published by Hoepli in “Urbanistica di Milano”.

Giorgio Grandi
Giorgio Marco Grandi, architect and interior designer, was born in Milan in 1971.
He graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan, faculty on Architecture, where he has collaborated with the teaching and research activities of the department of Industrial Design and Architectural Technology – BEST with the group made up of Guido Nardi, Anna Mangiarotti, Andrea Campioli and Marisa Bertoldini. His prize for Best Advertising Campaign in the HITACHI DVD Double Deck competition, as well as the international Contractworld 2001 Prize (special jury prize for the best combination of surfaces and lighting), given to the studio for the concept MAGMA per ambienti S.P.A. Salus per Aquam of an innovative nature, are some of the most recent recognitions of his professional work. Since 2000, he has taught the Interior Design courses, the Interior Design KSK courses, and the level II dissertation workshop at the European Institute of Design in Milan.

HOV- David Raponi
This is an architectural planning and experimentation office founded in 1998 based in Ancona. David Raponi is head of the studio. Born in 1965, after studying in Florence, he carried out a series of research projects regarding landscape architecture: in particular, on visual design applied to the urban landscape. He then gained a certain amount of experience in the theatre (scenery, sets, sculptures), as well as designing the interiors of ship yards, and collaborating with a number of studios such as the Studio Baroni of Florence, and the Noebel Studio of Berlin.
HOV’s works have won prizes in national and international competitions, and featured in a variety of different exhibitions: IX Biennial of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean 2000, Biennial of Miami 2001, Atlas on Architecture of the Future – Berlin 2002, A_Factor, Alessandria /Caserta 2002, iMage 2002 Florence, 14_02 Italian Architecture Meetings – Venice 2002, and have been published in books, magazines and numerous webzines.

Marta Laudani was born in Verona in 1954 and graduated in Rome in 1979. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions (of which she won first prize at Piazza del Parco dei Caduti in Rome, 1990). She is concerned with planning criticism, and she also works in the fields of interior architecture and design, together with Marco Romanelli. Born in Triest in 1958, after graduating in architecture in 1983, and then taking a master in design, until 1985 he worked with Mario Bellini. From 1986 to 1994, he was editor of the magazine Domus, and since 1995 of the magazine Abitare. He is art-director for Montina and O-luce. In 2000 he curated the third Biennial of glass entitled, "Aperto Vetro", at the Museo Correr in Venice; in 2002-2003 the great retrospective on Gio Ponti at the Design Museum of London, at the Nai of Rotterdam and at the Triennial of Milan.

Stefano Maffei born in Sassuolo (Modena) in 1966.
Architect and designer. Ph.D. in Industrial Disign. He lives and works in Milan.
Researcher at the Department of Industrial Design (INDACO) of the Faculty of Industrial Design of the Polytechnic of Milan and teacher of Industrial Design. Member of the SDI Agency (Sistema Design Italia) for design research.
He co-ordinates the exhibition, publishing and research activities of OPOS, a Milanese cultural institution concerned with research and promotion in the field of design. He has published a number of essays and books through Electa, Scheiwiller, Abitare Segesta, Editoriale Il Sole 24 Ore, Lupetti, and Eleuthera.

Cristina Omenetto has been a photographer since the middle of the eighties, directing her work towards the field of social studies, portraits and landscapes. For a while, she has been experimenting with an approach to the landscape using a personal technique of shooting and printing the image in which fragments of space are juxtaposed to form a sequence which goes beyond the normal stillness of the image. Her works have been shown both in Italy and abroad, and they can now be found in both national and international public and private collections. As an author, she has published: IN & OUT, with a piece of writing by Wim Wenders - Baldini & Castoldi, 1998. Bambine e bambini di qui e d’altrove - Guerini Associati, 1998. Donne filippine in Italia - Guerini Associati, 1993. Donne arabe in Italia - Guerini Associati, 1993. Donne migranti: Eritree a Milano - Mazzotta fotografia, 1986.

Cloe Piccoli, born in Milan in 1968. An Art History graduate, she is mainly concerned with contemporary art, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary phenomena of cross-contamination between art, architecture and design. Apart from being an art critic and collaborating with numerous publishers and specialist magazines (Flash Art, Domus, Vogue Italia, La Repubblica, Charta, Mazzotta, Electa, Baldini & Castoldi), she works as a free lance curator on a wide number of projects both in Italy and abroad with institutions such as: PS1, New York; Accademia di Brera, Fondazione Querini Stampalia Venice; Art for The World, Geneva.

Francesco Radino was born in Bagno a Ripoli (Florence) in 1947.
Milanese by adoption, he works in the fields of industrial photography, design, architecture and landscapes. He has taken part in important public territorial research projects, such as the photographic campaigns Archivio dello spazio as part of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage Project sponsored by Milan County Council, the Osserva.Ter project set up by the Lombard Regional Council and the European Eyes on Japan project. Involved in the developments in photography in the contemporary landscape, over the years, he has acquired a free method of exploring a reality which nowadays goes beyond the genre of the mere landscape, opening up to every aspect of the world, from unspoilt nature to urbanised areas, from the human figure to innate objects, from animals to the paraphernalia of the history of man.
His works have been exhibited in Italy, Europe, the USA, Japan, and his works are held in a range of public and private collections both in Italy and abroad. As an author, he has published many books including: Italia di Lucania, 1981, Modus videndi, 1989 , Morphosis, 1992, Mutazioni, 1994, Inside,2001.

Ciro Frank Schiappa, born in Dublin in 1971. he lives and works between Florence and Milan. In 1994 he attended the photography course at the Scuola Marangoni of Florence. In 1995 he worked as a dark-room operator for the “Main Photographic Workshop”. In 1996/97 he worked as an assistant to Joel Meyerowitz in New York and at the TPW in Tuscany. He contributes photographic services to various culture and fashion magazines. He has also been involved in numerous exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.

Studioata (Giorgia Amodeo, Silvia Chierotti, Alessandro Cimenti, Andrea Coppola, Elena Di Palermo, Elisa Dompè, Daniele Druella, Gian Luca Forestiero, Giulia Giammarco, Romina Musso, Alberto Rosso) aims to be a receiver and processor of information on the state of contemporary architecture and on the new prospectives and professional situations which young architects have to come to terms with. This is a sort of professional exercise but also a form of research; planning and building site experience is thus backed up by a series of activities such as participation in competitions, the organisation of exhibitions and events, participation in publishing initiatives and graphic experimentation.

studio.eu was founded in June 2000 in Berlin by three Italian architects - Paola Cannavò, Maria Ippolita Nicotera and Francesca Venier – with the aim of consolidating their common interests and, through their professional work, exploring the role that the landscape may take on not only in urban transformation, but also in architectural projects. These are some of the results they have obtained in their first two years of collaboration: in 2001 they won the “Premio Mario Ridolfi” issued by the Ordine degli Architetti in Rome; first prize in the “-D40“ competition, for their “DARC“ (Direzione generale per l’architettura e l’arte contemporanea) information space, created on the occasion of the 49th Biennial of Venice (2001).

Roberta Valtorta (Milan, 1952), is a historian and photography critic. She teaches History of Photography at the CFP Riccardo Bauer (ex-Umanitaria) in Milan, and co-ordinates the activities for the creation of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Villa Ghirlanda in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). From 1987 to 1997, she collaborated with the Architectural and Environmental Heritage Project sponsored by Milan County Council for the creation of a photography archive of the contemporary landscape. (Archivio dello spazio). From 1989 to 1996 she collaborated with the Archive of Communication and Images of the Ethnography and Social History of the Lombard Region. From 1994 to 1997 she edited a series of photography books published by Art&. From 1998 to 2002 she taught History and Photographic Techniques at the faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Udine.
She has published many essays of a historical nature, and has curated countless exhibitions. Her most important publications include: Paolo Monti. Laboratorio ossolano, Paolo Monti Institute of Photography, Milan, 1985; Francesco Radino. Modus videndi, Idea Books, Milan 1989; Enzo Sellerio fotografo ed editore, WAP, Verona 1991; Mimmo Jodice. Tempo interiore, Motta, Milan 1993; Enzo Nocera fotografo, Electa, Milan 1993; Gabriele Basilico. L’esperienza dei luoghi, Art&, Udine 1994; Paolo Gioli. Fotografia grafica dipinti film, Art&, Udine 1996; 1987-1997 Archivio dello spazio (together with Achille Sacconi), Art&, Udine 1997; Pagine di fotografia italiana 1900-1998, Gottardo Gallery/Charta, Lugano/Milan 1998; Milano senza confini, Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2000; Idea di metropoli, Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2002.

Cristina Zamagni
Born in Rimini in 1966. she graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1994. She then attended an advanced course of photography at the Studio Marangoni in Florence. In 1995 she won the “Premio Marangoni” for a photographic project. In 1997 she was selected for the exhibition entitled “I luoghi della vita” held by Dryphoto. In 1998 she won the Premio Nazionale Federchimica for her project “Un futuro intelligente”. From 1994 to 1999, she collaborated with the “Motus” theatre group. Her work focuses on the city and the theme of identity.

Claudia Zanfi, born in Modena in 1961. Curator and art critic.
She is particularly concerned with the visual arts, extra-European cultures, new languages and forms of communication offered by web technologies. Since 1995, she has been a consultant for the Galleria Civica di Modena. As well as numerous exhibitions and contributions to various culture journals, she runs the multi-media project entitled Virtual Gallery (www.virtualgallery.fotomodo.com) on contemporary photography, with which she collaborated with the 49th Biennial of Venice. She also curated the Italian section of the 6th Photography Biennial of Plovdiv/Sofia. She is both founder and director of the cultural workshop aMAZE, aimed to support publishing projects and intercultural exchanges. She is organising a publishing project called Scripta Volant, featuring short monographs on research artists of the 1960s, including: Franco Vaccari, Giosetta Fioroni, Cloti Ricciardi, Renato Mambor, Luca Patella. She had written books on “Art & Collecting”, “Photography & design”. She teaches part of the “Master in Visual Arts” at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.