Giuseppe De Mattia (Bari, 1980) studied cinema and urban planning. For several years his research has been centered on observation, the study and recovery of objects destined to be discarded; he recuperates, transforms and then photographs or films his finds, giving them a new life and purpose.
He strives to salvage and take care of what has been created by the passing of time in the form of scraps and waste. This approach is evident in both his personal work and through the duo-project created with Luca Coclite in January 2015, ‘Casa a Mare’ (curated by Claudio Musso). His research is often rooted in film archives such as ‘Home Movies’ (a family film archive in Bologna). With ‘Home Movies’, a long-term ongoing project, De Mattia develops work aimed at corroborating the theory that every film is unknowingly a photographic archive. This theory is both verified and theorized, firstly with ‘La coincidenza dello sguardo’ and subsequently with ‘Welt – Film’.
His modes of representation often involve the use of high-resolution scanners, photocopiers and traditional photographic apparatus; in general, every form of representational choice becomes part of his practice. All the objects chosen by De Mattia are part of an off-camera approach and action, centering his projects around the search for physical objects that in most cases do not appear in the final photographs, making the flea market a fitting birth-place for his research.
Most recently his work has found its final form through the use of photography, video, audio and drawing.
He is co-founder of the audio-visual duo ‘Fake Samoa’ alongside Nico Pasquini and has published books with Skinnerboox and Danilo Montanari Editore.
Giuseppe De Mattia lives and works in Bologna.