Giacomo Alberico

(b.1994) photographer, visual artist
based in Milano, Italy.

There’s a lot here, can’t you see it?
︎︎︎Terra Terra

Can I find the treasure?
︎︎︎After The Gold Rush

They are speaking through these things.

A museum and a street are the same thing.
︎︎︎Kalsa Jam

My town is now my dream town.

So far, yet so close
︎︎︎Antipodes Windows

Business, web and a great local artist
︎︎︎ Ionel

Commissioned work



Straperetana ‘The New Abnormal’ 2021. Conceived by Paola Capata and Delfo Durante, with the curatorship of Saverio Verini.

Consolidated appointment of the summer cultural program, the project sees the participation of 24 artists, whose works will find space in different places in Pereto; the artistic interventions will create a path that - crossing historic buildings, streets, abandoned houses - will embrace the entire village, for an atypical experience, linked both to the use of the works and to the exploration of Pereto.

My work consist in five photographs made in Pereto (AQ) on the ephemeral, the strange in the ordinary and the small inhabitants of this old isolated city.

Tenda di ciniglia (2021)
C-Print on Ilford Galerie 315 gr. framed 30x40cm.
Ragnetti rossi (2021)
UV Print on blue back paper 115gr 187x117cm.
Ombra verde (2021)
UV Print on blue back paper 115gr 61x45cm.
Formica (2021)
UV Print on blue back paper 115gr 187x117cm.
Vernice (2021)
UV Print on blue back paper 115gr 61x45cm.

Terra Terra
Book will be published by XYZ Books in 2022.
Project informations soon.

After The Gold Rush

Exhibition: Ragusa Foto Festival in Sicily, Italy.
Online: Float MagazinePellicola Magazine - Still Fotografia Gallery

The Visigoth king Alarico I in 410 AD carried out the famous 'Sack of Rome' with his army. By conquering the city of Rome he plundered a huge amount of gold, silver and even some relics from the Temple of Jerusalem. During the journey to reach the African coast, Alarico and his army are hit by a strong storm at sea, which destroying the fleet will force them to stop on the coast of Calabria and then take refuge in Cosenza.
The king, according to legend, died shortly afterwards of an illness and was buried with the famous treasure in the riverbed of the Busento river that passes through the historical centre of the city. In the years to come, well-known personalities, researchers and simple amateurs will try in vain to find this unknown place.

Il re visigoto Alarico I nel 410 d.C compie con il suo esercito il celebre ‘Sacco di Roma’. Conquista la città razziando un enorme quantità d’oro, argento ed antiche reliquie. Nel viaggio per raggiungere le coste africane, Alarico e il suo esercito vengono investiti da una forte tempesta in mare, che li costringerà a fermarsi sulle coste della Calabria per poi rifugiarsi a Cosenza.

Il re, secondo la leggenda, morirà poco dopo per una malattia e verrà sepolto con il famoso tesoro nel letto del fiume Busento che attraversa il centro storico della città. Negli anni a venire, personaggi noti, nazisti tedeschi, archeologi e semplici amatori tenteranno invano di ritrovare questo luogo ignoto.



"Every act of foundation is also an act of loss; each foundation is accomplished on the basis of a destruction, on the ruins of something previous, on the ground on which it rests [...] Some foundational places are thought to preserve rather than to erase the violence of their origins, as if the ultimate goal were exactly that of keep the wound open, the trauma in plain sight”
W.J.T Mitchell, Image Science

Medhelan, or "middle ground" or "middle sanctuary" is the oldest name given to the city of Milan. According to the legend in 590 A.C. the priests of a Celtic tribe of the Insubri population were guided by divine signs that led them to a marshy area, near the present Piazza della Scala, where they created a sanctuary. Following propitiatory rites and the recognition of sacred signs in this area, the first inhabited center was established which gave life to the city of Medhelan. In ancient times, to justify and legitimately base the appropriation of a space that was completely taken away from the dominion of nature, a divine origin was sanctioned for its own stable settlement so as to directly involve the gods in the fate of the city.
The project, influenced by the legend of the origin of the city, wants to reflect on the transitory nature of the elements that make up an urban environment in constant change. The photographs taken in the space of the historic center show a place inhabited and stratified over time by religions, symbolisms and different populations. Medhelan thus becomes the image of a city populated by people who, by changing what they have around, are showing traces of an arcane past.

Dummy book:

Kalsa Jam
Project realized during ‘The Hidden City’ workshop/residency. ‘The Hidden City’ took part as an official collateral event of the Manifesta12 Art Biennale in Palermo. A collaboration between Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and the Regional Gallery of Sicily. Curated by Cloe Piccoli and the artist Stefano Graziani. September 2018 - Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo, Sicily.

Those are the questions behind my project about Palazzo Abatellis:
What relationships exist between a street and the museum site of very high historical importance? Can one succeed in juxtaposing elements from the daily life to elements of memorable beauty? Is there a link and something that makes them equally interesting and similar?
The project aims to analyze and explore the city of Palermo, in particular the Kalsa district, in search of the elements that can create an unprecedented dialogue between what happened in the Palazzo Abatellis and what happened recently in the city.