LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Davide Canali was born in Anagni in 1981. His predisposition for art studies led him to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone, where he graduated in 2004 with a thesis on Theory and the mass-media approach in relation to the art world. Although his main interest is directed towards photography and video, he studied sculpture in the Academy, also attending courses at the Academy of Carrara, where he experimented chalk practise and marble processing.
In 2003 he participated in a group exhibit for students, with the "Concave Space" work at the Archaeological Museum of Castro dei Volsci. Afterwards, in the same year, he presented the "Kamicaze" work at the Academies Sixth Symposium, held in Suvereto (LU). This work gave life to the “Kamicaze 2” installation for the 8Arte event.
In 2004 he went back to work on the video image with the documentary "the Rom Italy" on the sociohistorical situation of the Rom communities in Italy, with special attention to the artistic heritage of the Sinti. This is a 20 minutes’ documentary, selected by Citizen Report, which aired on RAI Educational.
From 2004 to 2008 he has worked as a programmer, operator and editor for various national newspapers, such as TG1 and TG2.
Between 2008 and 2009 he has reverted to his days as sculptor with the "Migrants” work for the conference organized by the Culturale Attivart Association of Giuliano di Roma (Fr), sponsored by the Lazio Region, in the opening of the Museum of Ernica Volcanology. He performed an installation of 73 elements made by iron and lava stone, confirming a special attention to social problems due to people migration.
2010 is an important year for Davide, who passed from using the analog system to the digital one. He organized a study tour and research in Lisbon, confirming its sensitivity to disadvantaged social groups, choosing the Portuguese capital for its colonial past, as well for a personal tribute to the writer Tabucchi, who he started to love after reading Requiem. The report was carried out in the suburbs, crossroads of African migration. His first solo exhibition "Lomo and Zenith" came from this experience, curated by Loredana Galassini, at the Utopian City of Rome.
In 2010 he directed the photography in the documentary "The Best of Youth of Monstar" by Giuseppe Valente, on the new ethnic identity of the people of Monstar, after the bloody events of 90's.
In 2011, he won the special prize Pietro Cross with the video "If I were you" for Loredana Galassini. The video was made for the scientific committee against vivisection, sponsored by Equivita.
In 2013, he realized "Esaclorocitoesano", an installation-report on pollution of the Sacco valley, for the day of the culture of Frosinone.
In 2014 he dedicated himself to the analog-digital comparison, with the installation "Analog Solitude, the Poetics of Duale" at the Mancinelli palace in Ferentino (Fr), for the 15th edition of 8Arte.
In 2015 the travelling exhibition "Lampedusa", organized in collaboration with Giancarlo Canepa, was a complaint against segregation, cause of all forms of racism.
In 2016 he realized the documentary "Enaria" about ethnic and geographic identity of the island of Ischia. This work is selected in the NIS Serbian festival, and chosen as semifinalist documentary at "Cinefest" in Los Angeles.
He has started to produce short artistic videos from 2015 , which are very conceptual and effective in their content. Consistent with his thinking and his choices, the theme concerns the drama of the human condition, a reflection on the migration of peoples, which he defines in his blog as the bondage in all its expressions.
"Always be my brother"
From 2017, some private passages, inspire him in the production of a series of courts on Man, resulting from the interaction between the external world, in which he moves and relates, and the internal world made of pains, desires and resilience.
During his study and research trips in Africa (Morocco) and in Europe, its reportage-denounce were made in suburban areas, where social contrasts are more evident, manifesting an indignation towards all forms of human exploitation in his shots.
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