"Valentina D’Accardi’s hand embellished Camera Obscura photographs are like echoes of worlds gone by.
Lost moments endure in her world as she transports us, into an irresistable introspective gaze".
Since she was a child Valentina D’Accardi has been surrounded by the classical paintings and frescos that bejewel Italy’s landscape and was just nineteen when she won a place at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Bologna www.ababo.it.
First majoring in painting she found herself immersed in the now antique, art of analogue photography. Valentina learned her craft from a analogue photographer two generations her senior using traditional techniques guardedly handed down through the decades and she keeps the torch for this art form aflame with integrity and with grace.
Each of her works is hand processed in the dark room and undegoes a complex series of age-old processes to go from shot to print. Next she wields the elements of fire and water and earthy pigments to hand finish each piece with delicate finesse.
Each and every photograph is an unrepeatable, unreproducible, work of fine-art.
2010 Contender for the famous “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”, The National Arts Prize, Naples, Italy
2011 Finalist for the prestigious Riccardo Prina prize, Varese, Italy
Over the last decade, Valentina’s work has been exhibited in numerous personal and collective exhibitions, among them exhibitions in highly prestigious private galleries and civic museums such as the world famous Piazza Maggiore in Bologna. Her unique style and philosophy have captured the imagination of the public and important publications such as the national Italian newspaper La Repubblica, solidifying her career.
2017 Fiume, Bologna Fotografata, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna. Organised by Spazio Labò for the Cineteca di Bologna
2017 Perpetuus, Atto I, ABC for the Setup Artfair, Bologna, Italy
2017 Ritrattare, Galérie lEntrepot, Montecarlo, Monaco
2016 Individui Universali, MIC, Faenza, Italy
2016 Paragone, Antico/Contemporaneo, Fortezza Rinascimentale di San Leo, Rimini, Italy
2016 Giovane Fotografa Italiana #04 - Sideways - Fotografa Europea, Palazzo Casotti, Reggio
2016 Fiume, ABC , Bologna, Italy
2016 Fiume_Preview, ABC for Setup Artfair, Bologna, Italy
2015 Hestia: La dimora, cinque artiste e una divinità, ABC Ass. Cult., Bologna, Italy
2014 Vie di dialogo/4, Museo della Città, Rimini, Italy
© All images belong to Artist Valentina D'Accardi