On board a helicopter, suspended between 300 and 500 feet in the air, he toys with the most famous cityscapes in the world. According to the New York Times he is a photographer able to look at the Big Apple with the eyes of King Kong and to photograph Las Vegas as if it were some kind of contemporary Egyptian landscape. Likewise, he is also able to bring together ancient ruins with modern urban surroundings, providing the spectator with a surprising imaginary portrait of the city of Rome.
Having created photographic and film projects all around the world, from the United States to Europe, from Jordan to China, Olivo Barbieri is now dedicating a project to his own home town. In fact, in Modena, on Sunday 17th May 2009 at 11,30 am, at Palazzo Santa Margherita, the exhibition site specific_MODENA 08 will open to the public.The exhibition, curated by Angela Vettese, features 30 photographic diptychs and two videos created especially for the event.
site specific_MODENA 08 focuses in particular on the Tempio area of town, and in fact started out as part of the renovation project of the neighbourhood. Thinking of this part of the city as one of the most controversial areas and yet one of those with greatest potential, the artist also examined the urban transformation processes of the district over recent years, as shown in his two films.