Ezio D’Agostino

NEOs

 

For centuries, Luxembourg was a penniless country despite having the largest iron reserves on the planet; the quality of the iron was low because of its high phosphorus content, which meant that it couldn’t be used. Then in 1877, Sidney Thomas patented a system to separate iron from phosphorus, and this discovery allowed Luxembourg to develop a large metallurgical industry. A few years later, this country was the world’s largest steel exporter until the crisis of 1970, when Luxembourg decided to change its economic model and started a new cycle based on financial services, making it the second richest country in the world. Fearing another financial crisis, in 2016 Luxembourg began looking for an alternative in the extraction of mining resources from asteroids and near-Earth objects. In NEOs, the Italian photographer reflects on the process of dematerialization of wealth in this country. Through abstract or futuristic images, D’Agostino offers a visual journey into the capitalist space of the near future.

Born in Italy in 1979. Graduated in Archaeology, he won a grant to study Documentary Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia. His photographs have been exhibited in the most important festivals in Italy and abroad. Among the most representative exhibitions: Le Bal, CNA – Cente National de l’Audiovisuel, Galerie LWS, FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma, International Fotobook Festival Kassel, Paris Photo. Among the awards and mentions he received: Portfolio Night – Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Best Book – PhotoEye, Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie, FotoGrafia Award, Dummy Award Kassel, Prix SFR Paris Photo. He’s Contributing Editor for Genda Magazine. He lives and works in Marseille.