Every week Apuliart Contemporary presents a young emerging artist under 35. Today we have the pleasure of talking with Carlo Romano, a photographer born and raised in Gallipoli, now working in Rome.

1) Hi! Tell us about yourself! who are you, where are you from, and what do you do for a living?

Hi! I’m Carlo Romano and I was born in Gallipoli in 1990. After my high school diploma I moved to Rome in order to study Architecture. In 2015 I met Marco and Simona Bugionovi from BugionoviFineArt. It is a Fine Art printing office, working in both digital and analogical way- and I work with them since 2016. during this professional experience I worked on many international and national expositions, I come into contact with a lot of professional photographers, including Claudio Abate, for which I also worked as an assistant. I mainly take care of my works which are all about photography, installations, analogical and digital print and portraiture photography.

2) How did you know which was your artistic form of expression?

So I’m not very good with words, so images are the way I use to communicate. What I try to do with photography, is to give people feelings and to obtain some sensations, any sensation, not necessarily positive or pleasant too.

3)What is the aim of your work? What do you mean to ?

I’m not very good with words, in fact I think my photos speak for me. Photography for me is a way of receiving emotions from the viewer and getting reactions too. It does not matter what kind of reactions, of any kind, positive or not.




4) Was your homeland source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?

Of course I come from a coastal city, and the sea is like an “obsession” for me. Anyway, what inspires me the most are people around me.

5) Which artists inspire you or you feel close to you art?

My favourite photographers are Claudio Abate, Walker Evans, Imogen Cunningham, Luigi Ghirri, Robert Mapplerthorpe. In addiction Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Mustafa Sabbagh, Richard Avedon, Davide Monteleone, Sarah Moon too.

6) What do you think about the artistic overview of your hometown? Is it possible for young artists like you to have room and to be appreciated?

My city has a great potencial! There’s a lot going on and I know in person many people involved in handcraft, theatre, literature, photography and music. Unfortunately in Gallipoli people have to face many problems.  In addiction the institutions don’t pay any attention to the local art scene, not just financially, but also in terms of will and innovation. I trust my generation and the next one. We come into contact with new and different realities and we don’t want to settle.

Salento Moderno 2017-18.
Salento Moderno 2017-18.

7) Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists from South Italy

The organization of festival which aim to promote local artists. Maybe with the participation of personalities famous at the national and international. The creation of a magazine which deals with the Apulian art scene.

8) Lately we are witnessing a migration of interesting artistic personalities from Apulia to other Countries where they could have a career, even if many people decide to stay. do you think a change of course is possible?

Yes it’s possible, especially in Lecce, which has grown a lot lately. Because the city gives importance to art. In addiction many interesting realities are emerging every day

9) Which are your future plans? and your projects?

Currently, i’d like to focus on my productions and photography, trying to finish some projects which I had put aside. But beyond that, I’m open and ready to anything that could arouse my interest.

10) Do you see in your future an artistic work in Apulia?

So it’s something I sincerely hope and that I would really enjoy. In fact I will be in Lecce in the coming months!

Salento Moderno 2017-18.
Salento Moderno 2017-18.

Salento Moderno 2017-18.



Translation by Sveva Gallo

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