Artist in Residence 2022: Andrea Botto

Andrea Botto (Italy)

Artist in Residence, 2022

About the Project


Botto works on pyrotechnics in Malta, using photography and sculpture. What most impresses him is the design of the typical Maltese bombs and the mechanised ground fireworks, seen in their sculptural plasticity. Botto’s intention is not only to photograph them, but also to recreate some real objects with ceramic and wood. This in order to renew and giving new meanings and possibilities to an ancient tradition, using time as a trigger between image as sculpture and sculpture as image.

The ephemeral time of a light effect or a picture and on the other side the long life-time of a sculpture. Fireworks and ceramics are made of fire and powder: the first ones last only few seconds, the second are supposed to be forever. With his work, Botto wants to investigate the space/time in between them.

About the Artist

Andrea Botto (1973) is an Italian photographer and lecturer. Interested in the cross-pollination of various contemporary art mediums, he uses photography as a means of dissecting the world in order to express its complexity and to expose its stratifications. Time, collective imagination, as well as the current transformations that mark the present age are the key themes of his work, which explores the unstable equilibrium that governs the landscape, through the ‘aesthetics of destruction’.

His projects have been acknowledged by grants and awards and have been exhibited in international museums, including Fotomuseum Winterthur, MAXXI in Rome, MoCA in Shanghai, Benaki Museum in Athens, Kolkata Centre for Creativity. His works are to be found in private and public art collections.