© Elia Festa
© Elia Festa
© Elia Festa

ELIA FESTA

Elia Festa is a Milanese artist born on January 1st of 1956. In 1970 he met the artist Ibrahim Kodra and started attending his studio as a student. Shortly after he began his free-lance activity for the Young & Rubican Agency where he had the chance to practice the art of photography with great art directors. Festa has been collaborating with Photology since 1994 realizing a decade of reportage during gallery openings worldwide. His first apparence in a Photology exhibition was in a 2010 duo show featuring a video installation titled “I lived here”. In 2015 he was included in the group show SI.C.( )L.A. - Sicily as Land Art (Photology Noto) with the publication of his first catalogue “This memory I would like to tell” . This is his memoire: «When I left for Sicily in August 2004 I didn't have a clue on what I could realize, but I had a strong desire to connect with the Sicilian territory, so I discovered archeological sites, camouflaged with natural effects like lavic flows, which evoked me nineteenth century battlefields, fancy mosaics in which figures seemed to be alive. Since my first photographs I started realizing that I wasn't shooting what I was looking, but I was taking pictures for what I was feeling, for what I was thinking about what I was looking at, and I did not stop».