Elia Festa

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1956

Born in Milan, Italy, on January 1.

1970

Meets the artist Ibrahim Kodra and attends his studio as a student.

1971-’74

Works free-lance for the Young & Rubicam Agency, working with Franco Scheichenbauer, Richard Noble and other photographers.

1989

Begins his photographic research project “L’età del Pensiero” (The Age of Thought) with his friend Pierre Restany .

1992

Participates to the 25° anniversary show of the Diaframma photographic gallery in Milan.

1993

Solo show “Riflessioni” (Reflections), produced by Kodak in ’93 at the D’Ars Gallery in Milan.

Solo show “Riflessioni” (Reflections), Spazio Fra.Ca.Do.

Solo show at the Frankfurt Trade Show Center - portraits of Japanese designers.

Begins working with the Photology Galleries in London and Milan; from this, new ideas and works came to the fore: “la Habana” e “Ho vissuto qui” (I lived here).

1994

Solo show at the Art fair in Milan.

1995

in collaboration with AFIP, G. Calvenzi, R.Valtorta and K. Bolognesi, Elia produces the book and exhibits “Vita da bambino” (Life as a Child), which traveled throughout the major Italian cities to benefit “Telefono Azzurro”, an agency protecting children’s rights.

Solo show “La Habana” Spazio Fra.Ca.Do, curated by Davide Faccioli (Photology Gallery)

Solo show “La Habana” - Castiglioncello.

Group show at Galleria Affiche, Milano.

1996

Participates to the International art fair “Aipad Photographers” in NewYork.

Participates to the International art fair “Artbasel’96” in Basel.

1997

Participates to the International art fair “Aipad Photographers” in NewYork.

1998

Participates to the International art fair “Aipad Photographers” in NewYork.

"INTERNI D'ARTISTA" with the Belle Arti Accademy of Brera - Milan - curated by Prof. Andrea Del Guercio

1999

Participates to the International art fair “Aipad Photographers” in NewYork.

2000

articipates to the show “100 al 2000” at Villa Impero Bologna –Photology Gallery with the work “Ho vissuto qui” (I lived here).

Solo show “Bla Bla & Co” in collaboration with the sculpture K.H.Steck at “Studiogalerie” in Hamburg.

Thanks to Maestro Mario Giacomelli he completes the project “Gocce di Sud” (Drops from the South).

2002

Presents the Landscape project “Il Mondo che non c’è” (No such World).

“Noi” (Us), FDO Milan.

2006

In collaboration with the director Salvino Raco, he participates in the making of the performance piece “La corsa di Sizwe Kondhile” (Sizwe Kondhile’s Race), creating a projection of photographic works on the subject, shown at the Triennale of Milan with the sponsorship of the Commune and Province of Milan.

Project “It’s about blood” which depicted the pain and soul of the great human sacrifice of African history.

2007

In collaboration with the director Salvino Raco he makes a trailer on international terrorism called “La strategia della tensione” (A Strategy of Tension), with the sponsorship of the Commune and Province of Milan and the Lombardy Region at Olinda-ex Gaetano Pini.

2009

Exhibites a preview of “I miei numeri (My Numbers), a project he carried out from 1989 to 1998.

Solo show “La Habana” in Noto curated by Davide Faccioli.

2010

Solo show “Microbi” (Microbes) at Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti, Milan.

Solo show “Ho vissuto qui” (I lived here) a video created using footage made in 2010 and from 1993 to 2002 Photology Gallery, Milan.

Solo show “Allunaggio, 40 anni dopo” (Moon landing - 40 years later) Galleria 9 Colonne – La Nazione, Florence, curated by Fondazione D’Ars Milan.

Solo Show “Allunaggio, 40 anni dopo” (Moon landing - 40 years later) Galleria Temple University, Rome, curated by Fondazione D’Ars Milan.

2011

Presents at the Grattacielo Cesar Pelli in Milan the Industrial Art project “PHOTOSOPHY”

Solo show “Microbi” (Microbes) at Cath Alexandrine Danneskiold-Samsøe Gallery, Copenhagen.

2012

Group show “Astri-in-azione” curated by Photology Gallery, Milan in collaboration with M.Giacomelli, L.Ghirri, C.Makos, S.Shore, J.Puranen.

Portrait of Mario Giacomelli Photology Gallery, Milan.

Presents “INTRA” at Villa Piccolomini, Rome.

2013

Solo show - 1993-1999 portraits of his friend and teacher Maestro Mario Giacomelli, from the series “Ho vissuto qui”, Museo del Territorio, Biella.

“Black Lights” show, Officine Creative Ansaldo, Milan with the sponsorship of the Commune and Province of Milan, Università Bicocca ofMilano, Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with Raco and Factory Onlus.

Participates to the “Hong Kong Link-Art-Fair 2013” with the work “2° Generation”.

2014

Show at Doria's Castle Commune of Dolceacqua - exhibition curated by Mirko Albini and the Cultural's department of Dolceacqua's Commune.

"VENEZIA" Space SBH - Contemporary Art Gallery - Gustavia - St Barthélemy.

"SECOND GENERATION" - Fuori Salone 2014 Milan.

Permanent show "GIANTS" - estate "Le Posteghe" - Polpenazze del Garda.

2015

"LAST SUPPER" ESTEARTE International Contemporary Art Fair - PHOTOLOGY Milan, ITALY, GARZÓN, URUGUAY.

"IT'S ABOUT BLOOD" FUORISALONE VIA MANIN 13 Milan, ITALY

"GIANTS & MICROBI" MONDOGALERIA CON DIEGO ALONSO IBIZA SP

SI.C.( ) L.A. "QUESTO RICORDO LO VORREI RACCONTARE" PHOTOLOGY NOTO, ITALY