Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems, Lorenzo Vitturi in Viasaterna, Milan

After the international success of Dalston Anatomy, we are happy to announce the first solo show in Italy by Lorenzo Vitturi (Venice, 1980). The exhibition, curated by Fantom and opening in Viasaterna on Tuesday, April 5, brings together a series of original works produced specifically for the gallery spaces.

Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems is a project Vitturi first begun in 2013, drawing on a host of fragments and debris retrieved from the dump of Dalston: the area of London where he lives, subjected to a growing process of gentrification and real estate development, with new luxury buildings and chain stores, inside an area characterised by a strong multicultural presence.

The objects found are just the starting point from which Vitturi’s work develops: once photographed, their images are printed and combined with other elements. The compositions themselves then become the subject of new photographs, staged within actual sets, the colours of which reference those of the real sculptures. The result is a new series, opening with the last image of Dalston Anatomy, the book published in 2013 by Self Publish Be Happy and selected as among the 10 best photo books of the year by the Aperture Foundation.

Moving away somewhat from the vibrant aesthetic of life as described in Dalston Anatomy, the tones of Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems are softer, the shapes more abstract, and the only trace that remains of man is that which may be seen on the advertising posters of new estate agents. Just like a painting featuring a smaller version of itself within it, this new series proceeds through cross references and layers, giving a voice to the chaotic nature of the transformations ushered in by urban redevelopment.

The exhibition – running through May 20, 2016 – is part of the programme curated by Fantom for Viasaterna, a new space for contemporary art inaugurated in Milan in Spring 2015.

Lorenzo Vitturi, <em>Untitled - Red Tube #3,</em> from <em>Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems,</em> 2013–15 © Lorenzo Vitturi, courtesy of Viasaterna

Lorenzo Vitturi, Untitled – Red Tube #3, from Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems, 2013–15 © Lorenzo Vitturi, courtesy of Viasaterna

Lorenzo Vitturi, Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems 
Opening: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6 pm 
From April 6 to May 20, 2016 
Via Leopardi 32, Milan 
Selected press coverage: 
Il Giornale dell’Arte
Mousse Magazine