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ROBERTO CONTE – Hotel Uzbekistan

Screenprint / Serigrafia, 6 layers
100 x 70 cm, 2021
Old Mill paper, 300 gr.

Limited edition of 30
Printed by 56Fili

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Roberto Conte

Roberto Conte (Monza, 1980), started to take pictures in 2006, exploring abandoned places in the outskirts of Milan, before traveling around Italy and abroad looking for derelict sites. In the years he increasingly focused on photographing architectures, with a particular preference for the XX century, from rationalist structures to post-war modernism and contemporary architecture, including brutalism and Soviet modernism. He collaborates with architecture and design studios, institutions, and artists (as Edoardo Tresoldi, Gonzalo Borondo, Alberonero). In 2019 he published the book “Soviet Asia” (FUEL, co-authored with Stefano Perego), focused on the Soviet modernist architectures in Central Asia. His pictures have been featured in several online and printed magazines and books, as “Atlas of Brutalist Architecture”, “This Brutal World”, “Ruin and Redemption in Architecture” (Phaidon Press), “Concrete Concept” (Frances Lincoln), the Yerevan Guide of Architecture (DOM publishers) and many others. He held lectures about architecture photography in several universities in Italy, Denmark, and Russia. . . .

Roberto Conte (Monza, 1980), ha iniziato a scattare foto nel 2006, esplorando luoghi abbandonati alla periferia di Milano, prima iniziare a viaggiare per l'Italia e all'estero alla ricerca di siti dismessi.

Negli anni il suo interesse si è focalizzato sulla fotografia di architetture, con una particolare predilezione per il XX secolo, dalle strutture razionaliste al modernismo del dopoguerra e all'architettura contemporanea, passando per il brutalismo e il modernismo sovietico.

Collabora con studi di architettura e design, istituzioni e artisti (tra cui Edoardo Tresoldi, Gonzalo Borondo, Alberonero). Nel 2019 ha pubblicato il libro “Soviet Asia” (FUEL, co-autore con Stefano Perego), incentrato sulle architetture moderniste sovietiche dell'Asia centrale.

Le sue immagini sono state pubblicate su numerose riviste e libri, sia digitali che non, come "Atlas of Brutalist Architecture", "This Brutal World", "Ruin and Redemption in Architecture" (Phaidon Press), "Concrete Concept" (Frances Lincoln), "Yerevan Guide of Architecture" (editori DOM) e molti altri.

Ha tenuto conferenze sulla fotografia di architettura in diverse università in Italia, Danimarca e Russia.


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Signed and numbered by the artist.

“The photo represents the Hotel Uzbekistan (1974), a Soviet modernist architecture built in Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent after the radical urban changes made following the earthquake that hit the city in 1966 when the country was part of the USSR. The building has an overall shape of an opened book, with geometrical-shaped brise-soleil structures all over the huge curved facade that both reduce the heat and give the architecture a look of modernity as well as tradition. The photo by Roberto Conte deals with the dynamism of these hypnotical shapes of a building made by a country, the Soviet Union, that no longer exists.” 

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