Jacopo Benassi was born in 1970 in La Spezia, where he lives and works. A photographer and artist, over the years he has developed a personal style in which depth of field is eliminated and flash light becomes a signature, a stylistic constraint that Benassi imposes on his own work in order to achieve raw, unmediated photographs. The subjects of his images are highly varied, a multi-faceted humanity that spans from international music and underground culture – starting with the experience of the B-Tomic club, run by the photographer himself – to portraits of models, actresses, artists and stylists published in some of Italy’s most important magazines, right through to the exploration of the body, ranging from self-portraits to the documentation of sexual encounters and ancient statuary. Benassi is also occasionally a performer and musician. His experimentation with performance is linked to music through the medium of photographic images. His recent solo shows include: MATRICE, Fondazione Carispezia, La Spezia (2022); PAST, Francesca Minini, Milan (2021); VUOTO, Centro Pecci, Prato (2020); CRACK, CAMERA, Turin and at the Fotografia Europea festival, Reggio Emilia (2019); Portraits, Palazzo Bentivoglio, Bologna. In 2011 he launched Talkinass - Paper and Records, producing magazines and live CDs. As an independent publisher, he has released limited editions of live publications and magazines at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He has taken part in events such as No Soul for Sale, curated by M. Cattelan and M. Gioni, Tate Modern (London, 2010).
Gardone Riviera, located on Lake Garda and set in an evocatively colourful landscape, is one of the most popular villages in Lombardy. The ‘Garden City’ has just over 2,600 residents, but every year it attracts thousands of travellers from all over the world. Famous since the mid-19th century, today it is one of the ‘Borghi più Belli d’Italia’ (Most Beautiful Villages in Italy) and it has the Blue Flag and Orange Flag quality marks, in addition to the ‘Vele’ awarded by environmental association Legambiente. It is an ideal combination of beauty and hospitality: breathtaking views, buildings steeped in history and lush parks help make the village unique. The most important highlights include the Vittoriale degli Italiani, a monumental group of buildings constructed from 1921, commissioned by poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, and the Botanical Garden, which houses species from all over the world along with works of modern art. In Gardone Riviera there are many activities available, from trying traditional Brescian cuisine to sport: the surrounding area is perfect for walks and cycling excursions, while the lake offers aquatic pursuits and boat trips to admire the splendid panorama from a different perspective. Throughout the year, the village organises cultural events ranging from international music to light opera, from jazz to family shows, hosted mainly in Palazzo Wimmer and Villa Alba.