Francesco Del Conte (1988, Milano) is an Italian visual artist. He studied graphic design and printmaking in Turin at the Albertina Academy of fine Arts. He moved to Belgium to study at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussels, where he graduated with a master's degree in fine Arts in 2012. His dissertation focused on the contemporary use of analogue photography and since then, he has worked exclusively with the photographic medium. In 2016 he has been invited by the Centre for contemporary Art CCA Kitakyushu to attend a fellowship program. His work has been exhibited in many private and public institutions in Italy, Belgium and Japan.
Francesco Del Conte explores the potential of the photographic medium, analyzing in particular specific portions of reality often not considered by the larger public. Depicted with an apparent distant approach, every days objects, tools belonging to the industrial field and suburban areas are some recurrent subjects for his projects.
Fascinated by the significant role that this technique has quickly achieved in our society, he studies its evolution through the industrialization process since the first half of the 20th century, through its enhancement by the development of mass media during the modern time, and more recently, the influences resulting from the growth of digital technologies.
His artistic practice deepens analogue photography's peculiarities and often deals with the film itself rather than its prints. This experimental research led the artist to work with 35mm and medium format black and white transparencies, displayed through slide projectors or illuminated by light-boxes.
Produced in the controlled environment of his studio, the most recent projects explore a series of objects belonging to the industrial and the architectural sphere. The resulting still-life images create an archive in which photographic representation and a silent observation merge.
The continuous, intimate and recurring exploration through the photographic lens raises a tension between the artist and the objects of study; transforming this process into a moment of re-elaboration and reflection on human existence. Focused on architecture, the last body of work documents the way in which mass production and prefabrication are leading to the ultimate
standardization of the urban landscape.