Alessandro Calabrese was born in Trento, Italy.

He graduated in Landscape Architecture from IUAV (University of Architecture and Visual Arts), Venice, in 2011.

In 2012 he moved to Milan, where he attended the Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA – the New Academy for Fine Arts. In the Fall 2012, he spent a period in Amsterdam working as an assistant to Hans van der Meer and carrying out research for the platform Paradox.

The first artist residency he attended, in the Aosta Valley, gave rise to his first publication Thoreau (Skinnerboox, 2014). He moved back to Milan, where he currently lives and works, in 2013, and started teaching photography at NABA and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. In collaboration with Milo Montelli, he curated the book A Drop in the Ocean – Sergio Romagnoli (Éditions du Lic, 2014), first exhibited at the festival Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia.

He participated to the 2015 Fotomuseum Winthertur’s annual Plat(t)form, an international portfolio review aimed at promoting young emerging photographers. His third book, Die Deutsche Punkinvasion (Skinnerboox, 2015), was exhibited at Fotopub Festival 2015 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and at the BredaPhoto Festival 2016, Netherlands.

Selected among the 21 emergent talents in international photography by FOAM Magazine in 2015 with A Failed Entertainment, he participated to the respective group shows at Unseen Photo Fair & Festival (Amsterdam), Atelier Néerlandais (Paris) during Paris Photo, De Markten (Bruxelles) and Beaconsfield Gallery during Photo London (London).

Since 2016 he is represented by the gallery Viasaterna in Milan, where his work A Failed Entertainment has been exhibited as part of the collective exhibition 2016 – On New Italian Photography, curated by Fantom

He has been recently awarded the fifth edition of the Graziadei Prize with the project A Failed Entertainment, exhibited for the first time as a solo show at MACRO Museum in Rome during Fotografia, Festival Internazionale di Roma.

Invited to exhibit A Failed Entertainment at the festival Fotografia Europea within the collective exhibition Archivi del futuro, in the same occasion he presented the new homonym book A Failed Entertainment, published by Skinnerboox.

Currently he is working on a new body of work called The Long Thing, previewed at Viasaterna during his first solo show in Italy called IMPASSE.

current/upcoming exhibitions

September 6th – October 6th 2018, The Long Thing, Galerie Pascal Goossens, Bruxelles (BE) – SOLO
September 21st – 23rd 2018, The Long Thing: Re-assembling Images, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (NL) – SOLO
October 15th – 21st 2018, Event Horizon, Cairo Prize, Royal Palace of Milan (IT)

past exhibitions

July 2018, The Long Thing, Traces of presence in biopolscapes, curated by Carlo Sala, F4 Un’idea di Fotografia, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri (IT)
June – July 2018, A Failed Entertainment, Athens Photo Festival, Athens (GR) – SOLO
June 2018, Barracuda, Casino Palermo, Viasaterna Palermo, Palermo (IT) – SOLO
February – April 2018, A Failed Entertainment, Retina, Gluqbar, Milan (IT)
October – December 2017, IMPASSE (The Long Thing + A Failed Entertainment), Viasaterna, Milan (IT) – SOLO
June 2017, The Long Thing, Premio Combat, Palazzo Fattori, Livorno (IT)
May 2017, A Failed Entertainment, Fotografia Europea – Archivi del futuro, curated by Walter Guadagnini, Diane Dufour and Elio Grazioli, Palazzo da Mosto, Reggio Emilia (IT)
Feb 2017, A Failed Entertainment, Agenda Independent, curated by Benedetta Pomini, Arte Fiera, Bologna (IT)
October 2016, A Failed Entertainment, Premio Graziadei, MACRO, Rome (IT) – SOLO
September 2016, Die Deutsche Punkinvasion, BredaPhoto – You, Breda (NL) – SOLO
July 2016, A Failed Entertainment (Chapter II), Gibellina PhotoRoad – Disordine, Gibellina (IT) – SOLO
June 2016, A Failed Entertainment, 2016 – On New Italian Photography, curated by Fantom, Viasaterna Contemporary Art Gallery, Milan (IT)
April 2016, A Failed Entertainment, Foam Talent 2015, curated by Mirjam Kooiman, Beaconsfield Gallery, London (UK)
February 2016, A Failed Entertainment, Foam Talent 2015, curated by Mirjam Kooiman, De Markten, Bruxelles (BE)
November 2016, A Failed Entertainment, Foam Talent 2015, curated by Mirjam Kooiman, Atelier Neerlandais, Paris (FR)
January 2016, A Failed Entertainment, La Disfatta dell’Immagine, curated by Carlo Sala, TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso (IT)
September 2015, A Failed Entertainment, Foam Talent 2015, curated by Mirjam Kooiman, UNSEEN, Amsterdam (NL)
August 2015, Die Deutsche Punkinvasion, Fotopub, curated by Eva Pavlič Seifert, Simulaker Gallery, Novo Mesto (NL)
May 2015, A Drop in the Ocean, Fotografia Europea – Effetto Terra,  Chiostri di San Pietro, Reggio Emilia (IT) – SOLO



Premio Graziadei, Rome, 2016, WINNER
Foam Talent Prize, 2015
Prix Levallois, Paris, 2015, FINALIST
Plat(t)form, Winterthur, 2015

on paper

Foam, #50, 2018, NL
Collectible Dry, #6, January 2018, IT
Marie Claire #LIKES, #10, October 2016, IT
Exclama, #32, First Semester 2016, CO
Flash Art, #327, May-June 2016, IT (Text by Chiara Bardelli Nonino)
Camera Austria, #133, 2016, AU
Foam Magazine, Talent Issue, #42, 2015, NL (Text by Taco Hidde Bakker)

press online

Atp Diary, Impasse, 2017
Vice, Impasse, 2017
American Suburb X, A Failed Entertainment, 2017


Espoarte, 2017
Forme Uniche, 2017
Artribune, 2017
Exibart, 2017
Atp Diary, 2016
Foam, 2016
FotoRoom, 2016
Fantom Editions, 2016
Lensculture, 2015
Fantom Editions, 2015


Macro – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Incontri di Fotografia: Alessandro Calabrese e The Cool Couple, Roma, December 2016
Base Milano, Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, November 2016
Beaconsfield Gallery, Talent Breakfast Talk, London, May 2016
Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Talent: Nuova Fotografia Europea, Torino, April 2016 (Link Video)
Recyclart Art Center, Extra Fort, Bruxelles, January 2016
Unseen Photo Fair, Talent Talk, Amsterdam, September 2015


NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Photography, November 2017 – Ongoing
Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti Bergamo, Assistant Teaching in Photography, October 2015 – Ongoing
Officine Fotografiche Milano, Photography, November 2017 – Ongoing
Mentor Program – Art & Publishing , Workshop in collaboration with Nicholas McLean (Éditions du Lic), October 2015 – Ongoing
Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna, Workshop, April – June 2016
NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Workshop, April – May 2015