In order to capture the pictures of this series, the artist traveled to Iceland and crossed its desert core from side to side, carrying his strange device and placing it within one of the most extreme and wild landscapes that can be found on earth. Yet, instead of celebrating such a beautiful panorama, the pictures convey a rather uncanny feeling; the landscape is definitely natural and unspoiled, however there is no place left which can be considered unspoiled and completely free of any human influence. The pictures have a clear dark appearance, almost gloomy, but by juxtaposing a clearly man-made object with the Icelandic wilderness, they seem to challenge the idea of what nature is and its relationship with humans.
The support used for printing the series is an extremely thin hand made paper, its peculiarity seems to convey a sense of fragility and its semi-transparence appears to imply something beyond the picture itself.
Artist: Diego Brambilla
Title: “There is no Away #1”
Year: 20 November 2018
Size artwork: 48 × 58 × 6 cm
Medium: Piezography® Pro on Handmade Superfine Bhutan 20 gr/m2
First edition of 5 + 2AP, Zürich
Numbered and signed by the artist
Delivery time: July 2023
Diego Brambilla is an Italian artist, based between London and Zürich, who graduated from the London College of Communication with an MA in photography in 2015. Previous education includes a BA in Sociology and a diploma in Film Direction.
Deliberately mixing real and imaginary, he stages fictional scenarios and experimentally combines photography with sculpture. Drawing upon contemporary narratives about nature, the human body or science, his work challenges those concepts as cultural products and investigates their ability to reconfigure the meaning within a constructed imagination.
His work has received the PhotoX award and it has been selected and shortlisted for several competitions such as Athens Photo Festival, Voies Off Arles and PhotogrVphy Grant and it has been exhibited many times in London and in Milan. His work has gained the attention of the media and it has been featured in many magazines, printed and online, such as Fisheye Magazine, GUP, Wired (US and Japan), Dailybest. It has been published in the Paris Opera booklet and got featured on Rai3 (national Italian television).
Diego Brambilla (*1978 / Italy)
Lives and works in Zürich