Jacopo Valentini


Jacopo Valentini (1990) lives between Modena and Milan. He discovered photography at a very young age and has always used it in a very personal way. During the last phase of his university studies, he began to question his own photographic research. He has used – and continues to use – photography as an intense means of project development. He was born in Modena, where he obtained his Diploma di Maturità Classica, the Italian high school diploma. In 2011, he enrolled at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. During these years, he had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Chilean art and architecture studio Pezo Von Ellrichshausen (Chile). In June 2015, he was selected to participate in the Foto Factory Modena project, in collaboration with SkyArteHD and Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (Modena Visual Arts Foundation). In February 2016, he started attending the Master In Photography course at the IUAV University of Venice, under the supervision of Angela Vettese and Stefano Graziani. In 2017, he received both degrees from the two universities: IUAV (cum laude) and Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. The same year, he won the 101st Young Artists Collective organized by the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation. In 2019, he was selected for the group exhibition Giovane Fotografia Italiana #07, part of the festival Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, and won the Nocivelli Award. In 2020, he was a finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer and won the Refocus competition, organised by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Triennale di Milano and the MuFoCo (Museum of Contemporary Photography). In the same year, he was selected for the Cantica21 project launched by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the research project Concerning Dante – Autonomus Cell, published by Humboldt Books. In 2021, his works were shown at the Parma Italian Capital of Culture events. Jacopo Valentini’s works have been displayed in public institutions and private spaces, both in Italy and abroad, such as: Chiostri di San Domenico-Reggio Emilia, the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, the Civic Museum Giovanni Fattori, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Francesco Fabbri Foundation, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the Ragghianti Foundation, La Volonté 93, Una Vetrina, Linea di Confine, the Festival of Philosophy in Modena, the Galleria Civica Cavour in Padua, the Governor’s Palace in Parma, the Galleria Civica in Modena, the Italian Institute of Culture in Addis Ababa, the Italian Cultural Institute in Moscow. His works are held in national and international collections, both public and private, among which: IBACN – Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Emilia Romagna Region, the Galleria Civica in Modena – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (Modena Visual Arts Foundation), Palazzo Rasponi 2 in Ravenna, the Ragghianti Foundation in Lucca, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice, the MuFoCo and the collection Collezione Farnesina (in the process of being acquired). He has held the role of assistant to the Italian artist Stefano Graziani and is currently working on a personal research project on territorial displacement within the common imaginary.