Paolo Ventura - Behind the Walls #4, 2011 (detail)

Paolo Ventura

January 27, 2021

Paolo Ventura is an Italian photographer, artist, and set designer, widely known for his narrative works that possess a hazy sense of timelessness. These “invented worlds” or “ir-realities” as he calls them, are created using cardboard and found objects from flea markets and eBay to construct a universe of elaborate dioramas filled with tiny details. Ventura photographs them as if they are life-sized, and the results feature a cloudy and undefined atmosphere where narratives play out like dreams, somewhere between fantasy and memory. His works, though placed in ambiguous settings, often reference the period around WWII, as well as fantastical stories told by Ventura’s father, a children’s book author.

Featured image: Paolo Ventura - Behind the Walls #4, 2011 (detail). Pigment print on Fine Art Paper. 27 3/5 × 39 2/5 in. 70 × 100 cm. Edition of 5 + 2AP. This work is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Galerie XII