‘atmosfera n.17’ was exhibited in the group show ‘Secret Garden’ at Dominik Mersch Gallery in 2020. This digitally constructed world has variously been interpreted as ruins from a failed offshore society, a documentary record of a floating community at night, and a vision of the future. Co-curator Ashleigh Jones writes, “Costa’s work ‘atmosfera no.17’ is a digitally-constructed barge apartment block floating on a black body of water. The block could be a social experiment of new nomadic micro-communities 200 years from now surviving the deluge of rising sea levels. Has Costa seen into a future of environmental disaster that we cannot see? … [He] puts forward alternative housing to survive the rising waters, and at the same time he highlights the adverse urban landscapes which have been the precursor to this new terrain.” ⠀
Born in Florence, Italy, Giacomo Costa has been creating imagined dystopian landscapes through manipulated photography for over two decades and exhibiting all over the world. 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.