Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun
International Photography Grant 2019

Stefano Cerio (born 1962) directs his attention to alternative worlds: for his elaborate series he takes pictures of recreational paradises—ski arenas, cruises, water and fun parks. For the artist, Italian street altars even count among these colorful illusory worlds that people create for the purpose of escaping from everyday life. Yet in his cool photographs Cerio without exception exposes the fun rides and the adventure pools in the off-season and therefore devoid of visitors; the ruptures, the bleakness, and the senselessness that become visible behind the amusing façades. For Chinese Fun, the photographer visited a whole range of recreational parks, water landscapes, and sports grounds in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Hong Kong. His centrally organized compositions are made with a plate camera and document selected absurd arrangements—from a concrete fruit basket as large as a house to the looped tracks of an enormous roller coaster in the interior courtyard of an office complex. He directs his attention to alternative worlds: for his elaborate series he takes pictures of recreational paradises—ski arenas, cruises, water and fun parks. For the artist, Italian street altars even count among these colorful illusory worlds that people create for the purpose of escaping from everyday life. Yet in his cool photographs Cerio without exception exposes the fun rides and the adventure pools in the off-season and therefore devoid of visitors; the ruptures, the bleakness, and the senselessness that become visible behind the amusing façades. For Chinese Fun, the photographer visited a whole range of recreational parks, water landscapes, and sports grounds in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Hong Kong. His centrally organized compositions are made with a plate camera and document selected absurd arrangements—from a concrete fruit basket as large as a house to the looped tracks of an enormous roller coaster in the interior courtyard of an office complex.

Stefano Cerio
Chinese Fun

Texts by Nadine Barth, Walter Guadagnini, graphic design by Grafikanstalt, Hamburg

Publisher: Hatje Cantz, 2015
ISBN 978-3-7757-3969-6
128 pages, Hardcover
30x25cm, 55 ills.

Order the book: Hatje Cantz

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Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Wonderland Amusement Park-Nankou

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Wonderland Amusement Park-Nankou

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Tuanjiehu Park-Beijing

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Tuanjiehu Park-Beijing

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, People Park-Shanghai

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, People Park-Shanghai

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Treausure Island Pirate Kingdom-Qingdao

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Treausure Island Pirate Kingdom-Qingdao

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Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Polar Ocean Park-Qingdao

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Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Shanghai Happy Valley-Shanghai

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Xiedao Holiday Village-Pechino

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Xiedao Holiday Village-Pechino

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Water Cube-Beijing

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Water Cube-Beijing

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Shijingshang Park-Beijing

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Shijingshang Park-Beijing

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Huairou

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Huairou

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Happy Valley Hong Kong

Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun, Happy Valley Hong Kong

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International Photography Grant 2019