Q&A: Gianpaolo Arena


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Be Passionate, love Life. Stay Fee. What will baffle future generations about our day and age Immateriality. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Not so much. What is it that interests you about photography? The unknown. What is the worst thing about city life? The traffic. What part of the planet would you like to explore?Argentina. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Moving between space and time. 
If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Antonio Gramsci. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astronomy. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Every time that my camera wasn’t with me. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Chef. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Some of Walker Evans in Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph exhibition at Tate Modern, London in 2003. How often do you take other people’s advice? Sometimes. 
Describe a personal hell. Yesterday i broke my finger foot. Ahi ahi ahi.

Which living person do you most admire? John Carpenter. On what occasion do you lie? When I’m late. What was the last crime you witnessed? Corruption and lies of italian politicians. What is the best way to educate yourself? Be open and curious. What is the next book you want to read? Donna Tartt ‘The Secret History’. 
Ultimate camera? Mamiya 7 II. Most used camera? My iPhone. What object do you want? A Verner Panton chair. What object do you need? A new library. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Sun Ra: Space is the Place. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Not enough. Describe a cheap thrill. Go out and walk in the street. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from 1966-1967 at Factory, NY. Are impulses more important than consequences? Sometimes. Which talent would you most like to have? To be an irresistible dancer. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Work.

Gianpaolo Arena – My Vietnam.

b. fourth of march, 1975, Gianpaolo Arena lives and works in Treviso, Italy as an Architect and Photographer. He shares his profession as a photographer with teaching and personal research projects on environmental and social issues. His interest on architectural representation has driven his attention toward architectural photography, urban landscape, the relationship between the varied identities that belong and characterise places and people. An influential role of his photographic research evolves on the altered landscape on several companies realities, industrial sites, working places. Editor of Landscape Stories, a contemporary photography magazine dedicated to the presentation of stories and photographic work. Editor of Undercover on Urbanautica. From 2013 he’s one of the curators of the project CALAMITA/À, investigation and researches on the Vajont territories.