Gianni Ferrero Merlino

presented by Stills (UK)

Alley is a project room devoted to Italian artists, invited by international platforms

Stills is a centre for photography based in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

18.04.2016 - 31.05.2016

Opening: Saturday 16 April at 7pm


Gianni Ferrero Merlino’s practice focuses on the subject of deconstruction and reconstruction. Beginning by ‘deleting’ his images with a black layer that renders them unrecognisable he then works rigorously in the darkroom, using lights as an architect might do, to unmask pieces of the picture, eventually revealing and designing a rebuilt image. Through this process Merlino uses the geometrics that define his subjects as the basic drawing tools to invent and conceive new images that aspire to a clear and hard realism of form and production.

Through his complex and geometrically rigid darkroom processes his photographs, like an abstract picture, reveal a surface in visual argument with one another that cut and point, drawing in and enveloping the viewer and creating a new relation between performer and spectator.

For his presentation in Alley Platform, Merlino will make suggestions to these scenes, recreating his darkroom-world in the gallery space.


Gianni Ferrero Merlino (1976, IT) lives and works in Turin.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Homework”, Cripta 747, Turin (2015).

Recent selected group exhibitions include “ALT”, Caserma Ettore De Sonnaz, Turin (2015); “SI FECE CARNE”, San Lorenzo, Florence (2015); T.A.X.I. Cripta 747, Artissima, Turin (2013); AIR, Fondazione Fotografia, Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino, Modena, Stills Gallery, Scotland's Centre for Photography, Edinburgh (2011); FOTOGRAFIA? Careof DOCVA and MUFOCO, Milan (2010).

Stills is a centre for photography based in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, and offers exhibitions, residencies, events and production facilities as well as a range of engagement opportunities for anyone to discover, enjoy and understand photography.

Stills was established in 1977 and since that time has become a champion for the important and powerful role that the medium of photography plays in the world today.