'Gomorrah Girl' and 'I am nothing' are the main series produced by the young photographer Valerio Spada. Thanks to the first series, he made himself known throughout the world in 2011, while he has recently brought the second to a close thanks to the support of a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in New York. Both revolve around the study of the most typical and yet obscure aspects of the major Italian criminal organizations: the Neapolitan Camorra and the Sicilian Mafia. And yet these are not mere reportages, but combine truth and storytelling, diary and theatre, both candid and staged photography. They are cinematographic fiction raised to the level of judiciary truth. And vice versa.
Francesco Zanot, Curator
Camera, Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin, Italy - November 2016 - January 2017 tba
"“This is a moving book of photographs and documents that one wants to return to repeatedly,” says Himes, describing what made the book a winner."
TIME Magazine Lightbox Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's for
"I keep coming back to this one, GOMORRAH GIRL, by Valerio Spada. It gets my vote. This is a book that I can really learn something from."
Kassel Photobook Award nomination by Jim Goldberg/Magnum Photos
September 2015 / MoMA PS1, New York - SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY: A DIY PHOTOBOOK MANUAL AND MANIFESTO, Bruno Ceschel is joined by David Senior, bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library and contributor to the book, to discuss the history and legacy of artists who self publish. Presented by Aperture and featuring Valerio Spada's "Gomorrah Girl", selected as one of the best 50 books self published, illustrates its success story through an article and tips by Valerio Spada.
MoMA Ps1, New York, Sept 20th 2015 3pm-4pm at the New York Book Art Fair.
November 2016 - February 2017 / Camera, Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Torino - Valerio Spada solo exhibition, curated by Francesco Zanot. From Boris Mikhailov to Stephen Shore, Martin Parr, Ettore Sottsass, Rodney Graham, Gabriele Basilico, Valerio Spada, BruceDavidson, Alec Soth, Reneke Dijkstra, Erik Kessels, Walid Raad, Ai Wei Wei, Giacomelli, different authors will be showcased in the first three years’ program. All exhibitions will be specifically produced and/or co-produced by Camera with other international venues (such as C/O Berlin, Foam, Le Bal, ICP, Instituto Moreira Salles, Istanbul Modern, Mapfre, Musée de l’Elysée, among others) and Galleries.
Ten recent prints acquisition by Art Foyer Private Collection DZ Bank Kunstsammlung. Comprising more than 7,000 works of art by over 700 international artists, the Collection is one of the largest of its kind. Its focus is on contemporary art as manifested in the photographic image. From the Gomorrah Girl series, exhibited in Frankfurt in 2015 at Art Foyer.