Carlo Ferraris (b. 1960, Romagnano Sesia, Italy) works in film, sculpture, and photography, using his unique brand of sly humor and critique to explore a host of political, social, and cultural themes. He studied at the Academia delle Belle Arti of Brera in Milan, graduating in 1989.
Ferraris often creates staged situations in his photographs and videos. “These settings assist me in creating ambiguous and challenging images involving not only death, impairment, industrial drama and cosmic energies, but also dreamlike and ethereal situations,” explains the artist. He re-processes and re-orders the factual and concrete world in order to urge his viewers to question the practices and principles ingrained in our culture and to find new ways of reading visual cues by embracing conflicts and contrasts in meaning. His reflective works hover between conceptual and objective, and though his symbolism is deliberately childlike and simple, the sentimentality and poetic content of his photographs carry a deeper meaning.
Ferraris’ work has been exhibited around the world at institutions such as White Columns (New York), Greenaway Art Center (Adelaide), CCNOA Center for Contemporary Non Objective Art (Brussels), and the National Academy Museum (New York). He lives and works in New York.
In 2013, Ferraris’ works were installed throughout the waiting area of an outpatient clinic at New York City’s Metropolitan Hospital.