Although Francesco Jodice (Italy) graduated in architecture and developed as one of Italy’s most re-known contemporary photographers, filmmaking is an essential part of his oeuvre. His work investigates the shifts in social landscapes, through the comparison of similar phenomena in different parts of the world.
Citytellers is a docu-fiction series on self-organization phenomena in the hyper-cities Sao Paulo (Brazil, 2006), Aral (Kazachstan, 2008) and Dubai (United Emirates. 2009). The Citytellers cycle enables viewers to grasp a critically distant, and often unknown, reality. The camera’s objective gaze penetrates every interstice in the urban, natural and human landscape, adopting a strongly descriptive accent – from the phenomenon of self-organization in Sao Paulo, the collapsing eco-systems around the Aral lake to the constant paradox of Dubai where a paradise of luxury and wealth hides a dark side of inhuman poverty and exploitation.
FRANCESCO JODICE― Artist
Francesco Jodice lives and works in Milan, Italy. He contributed to: Documenta, Kassel; Venice Biennial; Bienal de São Paulo; Liverpool Biennial; ICP Triennial of Photography and Video New York. His work has been exhibited at: Tate Modern, London; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Bard College, New York. Francesco Jodice is a professor of Theory and Practice of the Technological Image at the Arts and Design School of the University of Bolzano and professor of Visual Urban Anthropology at Naba (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti), in Milan.