Exploring the urban landscape and the architecture of cities around the world, Olivo Barberi’s ‘site specific’ series is a continuation of his investigation of selective focus, contrasting clarity and an ethereal sense of space. Based in Milan Italy, Barbieri began this series in 2004 with images of Rome, and has since documented cities including Las Vegas, Montreal, Amann and Shanghai. At first glance, his images appear to be highly detailed miniature models, though in fact all of them are actual places photographed using a 35mm camera in real space and time, from the aerial perspective of a helicopter flying 300 to 500 feet from the ground.
Barbieri’s images documenting the fantasy world of Las Vegas are confounding portraits of materialism and excess. His first film, dealing with the same selective focus on Las Vegas, was recently shown in festivals worldwide to great critical acclaim. His works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe and extensively in Italy, including the Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Galleria Spazio Erasmus Brera, Milano, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena.