About

OUR IDENTITY
Discipula is a collective operating in the field of contemporary visual research founded in 2013 by MFG Paltrinieri, Mirko Smerdel and Tommaso Tanini: one social psychologist, one visual artist and a photographer. As Discipula we create image based art projects, we design, self publish and distribute printed matter, and we offer lectures and workshops.

OUR RESEARCH
Discipula work focuses on the exploration of the role and uses of images in the contemporary mediascape. Driven by the rise of communication technologies, images invade and expand our world and our perception of it. They transcend representation, embodying transient desires and needs. This way they become gateways to the ideology that creates them. Discipula refers to images as political and economic tools, means of power and control whose ambiguous nature can be controlled to determine shifts in the perception of reality. With regard to this, Discipula pays particular attention to the role of the viewer as well as to the act of looking as a form of political conscience.

OUR METHOD
The majority of Discipula projects revolves around the appropriation, postproduction and analysis of images captured from the flow of production and consumption. Stock photos, renderings, advertising, are manipulated and immersed in new networks of signs, languages and cross references in which the original function of each image is subverted, thus creating space for new interpretations, meanings and uses. Each work can be compared to a dynamic system, where ideas are laid out and negotiated through the interaction between matter, forms, values and ideologies. By highlighting the fluid and mutable nature of contemporary images, our ultimate goal is to invite the viewer to look at and reflect on what is hidden beyond the glossy surface of the visible.

Discipula books can be purchased from our online store and in selected bookshops worldwide.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  
How Things Dream – Morpheus Phase 1 – Je Vous Propose, Zurich, Switzerland
2017   
H. said he loved us – Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Belgrade, Serbia
2015    STREAM CONTROL RESISTANCE – MLZ Art Dep Gallery, Trieste, Italy
2015    H. said he loved us – Format Festival, Derby, UK
2015    The Looking Game – Format Festival, Derby, UK
2015    H. said he loved us – Sifest, Savignano Sul Rubicone (FC), Italy
2014    H. said he loved us – Kunsthalle Mélycsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
2014    The Looking Game – Jarach Gallery, Venice, Italy
2013    The Looking Game – RED Gallery, London, UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018   
Omologia, Base, Milan, Italy
2018   
Talking (About) Images Pt.2, Kunsthalle Graz, Austria
2018    Talking (About) Images, Galerija Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia
2017    Postfail, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2017   
Neoglobalidad, Centre Photographie Genève, Switzerland
2017   
No Fly Zone #2, Ncontemporary Gallery, Milan, Italy
2017   
POIUYT. Point Zero, MLZ Art Dep Gallery, Trieste, Italy
2016   
A Fictional Narrative Turn, JimeiXArles, Xiamen, China
2016   
Good Night and Good Luck, A plus A Gallery, Venice, Italy
2016   
Teatrum Botanicum, PAV, Turin, Italy
2016   
Niche Display, Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2016    
Imagineering-(Re)activating the Photographic, Krakow Photomonth, Krakow, Poland
2016    
Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany 
2016    
What’s this book? – Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia
2016    
Photolia Festival, Reggio Calabria, Italy
2016    
Dedans – Galleria Ricci, Carrara, Italy
2016    
Photo50 – Feminine Masculine, London Art Fair, London, UK
2015    
NIDA International Art Photography Symposium, Nida, Lithuania
2015    Boundaries / Organ Vida Festival – Galerija Klovićevi Dvori, Zagreb, Croatia 
2015    ArTS, Piazza dell’arte pubblica, Trieste, Italy
2014    Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies – PhotoIreland, Dublin, IE
2014    The Italian Photobook – Sifest, Savignano Sul Rubicone (FC), Italy
2014    Photobookshow – Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
2013    Dall’archivio al libro – Sifest, Savignano Sul Rubicone (FC), Italy

COMMISSIONED PROJECTS
2018  
TRASMISSIONE[26052018], Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy
2017    STRATA – Flâneur/Format Festival, Derby, UK

PRIZES & AWARDS
2017   
Level 0 – ArtVerona
2016   
Premio Fondazione Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee
2015    
The Anamorphosis Prize (Shortlisted)
2015    
Lucie Awards – Book Publisher of the Year Limited (Nomination)
2015    
Le Prix du Livre de Les Rencontres d’Arles, Author Book Award
2015    Premio Marco Bastianelli for the best Italian self published photobook
2015    Vevey International Photography Award (Shortlisted)
2014    Premio Marco Pesaresi per la fotografia contemporanea
2014    GD4PhotoArt (Shortlisted)

COLLECTIONS
Fondazione Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee
Library of MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, NY

TALKS, LECTURES & EVENTS
2017   
Talk – “Photography, Politics and Change in the Age of Madness”, Gazebook Sicily Photobook Festival, Puntasecca, IT
2017   
Guest Lecture at IUAV, Venice, IT
2017   
Guest Lecture at UAL: Camberwell, London, UK
2017   
Lecture – STRATA, Format Conference, Format Festival, Derby, UK
2017   
Plat(t)form – Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
2016   
Talk – Camera con vista – Incontri di Fotografia, GAMEC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy
2016   
Pop up installation and talk – ‘Persona’, Twenty14 Gallery, Milan, Italy
2016   
Lecture – ‘L’arte e la fragilità del digitale. Discipula e il progetto Just Like Arcadia’, Sala Convegni Archivio di Stato di Milano, Milan, Italy  
2016   
Guest Lecture at Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK
2015    Round Table – ‘New publishing strategies for bringing publishing closer to the artistic practice and books closer to the audience’, coordinated by Natasha Christia, Read or Die – Independent Publishing Festival, Barcelona, Spain
2015    Lecture – ‘Art, photography and the end of time or how to survive the mass production of images’, Generazione Critica #3, Metronom Gallery, Modena, Italy
2015   
Round table – ‘On the role of publishing as a means of knowledge sharing’, coordinated by Barbara Meneghel, Forum on Italian Contemporary Art, The Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy 
2015   
Talk – ‘Self publishing e lo stato del fotolibro’, curated by Irene Alison, SIFEST – Savignano Immagini Festival, Savignano sul Rubicone (FC), Italy
2015   
Talk – ‘La nuova editoria indipendente’, curated by Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo, Gazebook, Manifestazione Internazionale del Fotolibro, Ragusa, Italy 
2015   
Lecture – ‘Images as strategy: the visual research of Discipula’, 38th International Art Photography Symposium, Nida, Lithuania
2015   
Talk – ‘Living Monuments’, curated by Francesca Lazzarini, with Pablo Chiereghin and Aldo Giannotti, MLZ Art Dep Gallery, Trieste, Italy
2015    Talk – ‘Picturing Discipline, Tracing Control’, curated by August Verlag, Bernhard Knaus Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2014    Book launch and talk – H. said he loved us, Spazio 001, Rome, Italy
2013    Talk – ‘The Archive & Fiction’, curated by Federica Chiocchetti, RED Gallery, London, UK
2013    Book launch and talk – The Looking Game,  Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
2013    Book launch and talk – The Looking Game,  MICAMERA, Milan, Italy

ESSAYS
“L’arte alla fine dei tempi, ovvero come sopravvivere alla mass produzione di immagini” in AA. VV. ‘Generazione Critica’. Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna.
Un’Arcadia Neoliberista – www.lucandreoni.com

CRITICAL TEXTS
Clements, L. (2015) “Curating the Hyperimage”, Archivo #13, August, pp. 4-11.
Knoppers, K. (2017) “Appetizing”, Foam Magazine #47
Lazzarini, F. (2015) “La responsabilità delle immagini come operazioni” in AA. VV. ‘Generazione Critica: La fotografia in Europa dopo le grandi scuole’. Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna.

PRESS & FEATURES
2017
Feature on Artribune
Interview on Flash Art
Feature on Der Greif Online
Feature on EspoArte #98
Interview on AImagazine/The Art Review Summer 2017 issue
Interview on Modus Operandi
2016
Interview on Objektiv Magazine “The Flexible Image pt.2” issue
Deep Cut, Episode #18 on meural.com
The Looking Game, feature on Dave Magazine #23
Interview on Il Fotografo #279
2015
Discipula Secret Thirteen Mix 164, secretthirteen.org
The Looking Game and “H. said he loved us”, feature on Landscape Stories #21: crime
The Looking Game, feature on Archivo Zine #13 (print edition)
Endframe, Federica Chiocchetti on “H. said he loved us” for the British Journal of Photography (print edition, February 2015 issue)
Book of the week, Valentina Abenavoli (AKINA) on “H. said he loved us” for Photo-eye
2014
Tommaso Tanini – H. said he loved us, exhibition report on Vogue Italia
H. Said He Loved Us, feature on The Photocaptionist
The Looking Game, interview with MFG Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel for ATP Diary (Italian only)
Il doppio oltre lo sguardo, review by Arianna Testino for Artribune (Italian only)
The Looking Game, Wall Street International Magazine
2013
Have Books Will Travel, interview with MFG Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel