Luca Gilli (1965) lives and works in Cavriago (Reggio Emilia, Italy). After graduating in Natural Science, for several years he conducted research for the University of Parma in the fields of zoology and ecology, before deciding to dedicate his time exclusively to graphic design and, above all, to photography.
His first public appearances date from 2004, when he exhibited his personal photographic projects at the University of Parma’s Museum of Natural History, the Galerie Nadar, the Médiathèque André Malraux in Tourcoing and the Biblioteca Panizzi in Reggio Emilia (Psyche). He was also invited to showcase his photographs at the “École Photographique de Reggio Emilia” event, staged by Gens d’Images at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. The following year (2005), the ECUME association (Échanges Culturels en Méditerranée) in Marseilles asked him to participate in the Atelier de Création Photographique sur la Ville at the Festival Méditerranéen d’Alexandrie. The Atelier works were shown at the Musée Mahmoud Saïd in Alexandria (Egypt). In the same year, the Italian Institute of Culture in Cairo organised a solo exhibition of Gilli’s work.
From 2006 to 2010, he concentrated all of his efforts on researching and developing the technique and poetics of his output, working on a number of new series including Panthalassa (2008–2009) and Islanda (2009). During this period, he exhibited only rarely, and when he did so, the works on show had previously appeared elsewhere.

Selected solo Exhibition:

2018
. Di/Stanze, Museo Diocesano Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio, Curator Matteo Bergamini – Milan
. Attesa, SetUp Contemporary Art Fair, Paola Sosio Contemporary Art – Bologna – Italy

2017
. Un Musèe après, Milan Image Art Fair, Paola Sosio Contermporary Art
. Soglie contrappunti e dismisure, Art Space of Nicoletta Rusconi, Agrate Conturbia ( NO)- Italy
. Emergences, Le Corridor Art Contemporain, Arles – France

2016
. Raw state, Milan Image Art Fair, Paola Sosio Contemporary Art – Milan – Italy
. Ice Yacht, Milan Image Art Fair – Milan – Italy
. Raw State The Others Art Fair, Paola Sosio Contemporary Art – Turin – Italy
. Attesa, The Others Art Fair, installation site specific, Curator Bruno Barsanti e Greta Scarpa – Turin – Italy
. Un musée après, L’Atelier, Curator Yolande Mary – Nantes – France
. Les Chambres blanches, galleria Confluence, Nantes- France

2015
. Blank, Bologna Art Fair, Weber & Weber Arte Moderna e Contemporanea- Italy
. Menù del giorno, SetUp Contemporary Art Fair, Special Project – Bologna – Italy
. Blank, Fotografia Europea, istitutional circuit, Chiosti of San Pietro, Reggio Emilia – Italy
. Dikhotonia, Rencontres de la Photographie, Galleria Omnius, Arles – France

2014
. Samsãra, galleria Confluenc, Nantes – France
. Blank, “ ReimmaginaRe Fotografia – Percorsi fotografici tra Umbria e Toscana”, Sansepolcro – ( AR) – Italy
. Blank, Milan Image Art Fair – Weber & Weber Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – Italy
. Blank, Museum of Photography, Seoul – South Korea
. Blank, galleria Domus, l’Universitè Claude Bernard Lyon I, Lione – France
. Islanda, École National Supèrieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliothèques de Lyon – France
. Art Veron, VV8 artecontemporanea – Italy
. Samsãra VV8 artecontemporanea, Reggio Emilia – Italy
. Islanda, Castello di Montecchio Emilia – Reggio Emilia – Italy

2013
. Lille Art Fair, Lille – France
. Strutture Portanti, galleria 10Due! International Research Contemporary Art – Milan- Italy
. Blank, Palazzo Civico, Comune di Montechiarugolo – Parma – Italy
. Blank, Weber & Weber Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – Turin – Italy
. Islanda, Studio BMFR & Partners, Reggio Emilia – Italy

2012
. Blank, Galleria Confluence, Nantes – France
. Blank, Galleria Claude Samuel, Paris – France
. Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, galleria Confluence – Paris – France
. Blank, Maison de la Photographie, Lille – France
. Blank, Milan Image Art Fair – Galleria 10Due! International Research Contemporary Art – Milan – Italy

2011
. Menu del giorno, Fotografia Europea, Istitutional circuit, Galleria Parmiggiani – Reggio Emilia – Italy
. Panthalassa, Milan Image Art Fair, Galleria Vrais Rêves di Lione – France
. Psyche – Panthalassa, Galerie Nadar, Médiathèque Andrè Malraux – Tourcoing – France
. Photographie Italienne ( Blank ), Recontres de la Photographie, collateral exhibition, Arles – France
. Islanda / Le Paysage absolu, IUT de Provence, Recontres de la Photographie, collateral exhibition – Arles – France
. Envol, halerai Anima(I), Lyon – France

Selected group show

2018
. Humains Urbains. La ville et nous, Groupe Crèquy, Nice – France

2017
. Anatomie du paysage, Musèe Reattu, musée des beaux – Arts, Arles – France
. The Others, Paola Sosio Contemporary Art – Turin – Italy
. White Spirit, Galleria AL/MA, Montpellier, Curator Marie Caroline Allaire – Matte – France
. Collection particulière, galleria Omnius, Arles – France
. Oltre il paesaggio, Palazzo Grillo, Curator Giovanni Battista Marini – Genoa – Italy

2016
. Dieci anni di fotografia Europea 2007 – 2016, VV8 artecontemporanea – Reggio Emilia – Italy
. Arrêt sur image. Le mouvement dans la collection photographique, Musèe d’Art modern et contemporain de Strasbourg – France

2015
. Bologna Art Fair, Paola Sosio Contemporary Art – Italy
. SetUp Contemporary Art Fair- VV8 artecontemporanea – Bologna – Italy
. Opere, Weber & Weber Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – Turin – Italy
. Nuove acquisizioni, inediti e riscoperte – Galleria Civica – Curator Gabriella Roganti – Modena – Italy
. ArtVerona, VV8 arte contemporanea – Italy
. VV8 artecontemporanea, Reggio Emilia – Italy

2014
. Recontres de la Photographie, collateral exhibition, Arles – France
. Fotografia. Racconti per immagini, Weber & Weber Arte Moderna e Contemporanea , Curator Walter Liva- Turin – Italy
. Il paesaggio italiano. Fotografie 1950 – 2010, Museo di Roma in Trastevere – Rome – Italy

2013
. Nuage, Musèe des beaux – arts d’Arles, France

2012
. Italo Zannier. La sfida della fotografia. Un inedito racconto per immagini. Curator Denis Curti and Italo Zannier, Municipality of Pordenone – Italy

Awards
2017
. Combat Prize: Special Juri mention

2014
. Prize BNL Group BNP Paris at Milan Image Art Fair
. Prize of there Domus Foundation for modern and contemporary Art – Verona

Public collection

. BNL group BNP Paris
. Domus Foundation
. Bibliothèque National de France Paris
. Nusèe de la photographie di Charleroi – Belgium
. Kunstbibliotek of Berlin – German
. Musèe d’Art Modern et Contemporain of Strasbourg – France
. Musèe Rèattu du Arles – France
. Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux – Art – Paris
. Thessaloniki Museum of Photography – Greece
. Galleria Civica of Modena – Italy