Giacomo Costa’s recent series ‘atmosfera’ imagines dystopian buildings that push so far into the sky they are cloaked in fog. He uses sophisticated technology often reserved for cinematic or gaming universes, building these towering cityscapes from scratch.
These images are complex and prescient, having been created several months before the global pandemic. Since 2020, empty cities have become a surreal but familiar sight, where buildings seem simultaneously abandoned and inhabited. Reflecting on the connection between his works and his months in Florentine lockdown, Costa describes the feeling of being “in the middle of a fog, isolated but hyper-connected, time and space seems to be suspended.”
Giacomo Costa’s solo exhibitions include; ‘NO.W.HERE’, Sala Borsa, Bologna (2020); ‘Time Scape’, Palazzo del Parco, Diano Marina, Italy (2015); ‘Subjective and Surreal’, Fabrik der Kunste, Hamburg (2015); ‘Persitent Time’, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg (2015); Seoul International Photography Festival, Seoul, South Korea (2009); Foto Art Festival, Galleriea BWA, Bielsko-Biala, Poland (2009). Costa has represented Italy twice at the prestigious Venice Biennale and has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the XIII Quadriennale in Rome, VIII Biennale della Fotografia in Turin and across London, New Orleans, New York and Sydney.