Diego Ferrari is an artist and photographer. His recent work takes a fine art approach to street photography. His work interrogates the relationship between social values and public spaces, with a particular interest in the relationship between the body and its environment. He studied Fine Art at Escola Llotja in Barcelona, was awarded a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and an MA in Art and Architecture at the University of Kent. He teaches the Photography, Art and Architecture course at Central Saint Martins and is a lecturer on the BA in Photography at Kingston University, London. He has lectured at Tate Britain, Goldsmiths College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Centre for Contemporary Culture of Catalunya, Barcelona and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
MA in Art and Architecture, University of Kent.
BA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Fine Art, Escola Llotja, Barcelona.
Senior lecturer and Course Leader - (2012 to 2013), Year 5 BA (Hons) Photography, Kingston University, London (0.2 and 0.5 FTE).
Lecturer on the MA in Photography & Urban Cultures. Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College.
Lecture and tutor, short course ‘Photography, Art and Architecture’, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.
Professional mentoring appointment for BA (Hons) Photography - Falmouth University
Visiting Lectureships And Academic Projects
Co-programmer - Urban Encounters at the Tate Britain. An annual series of public discussions and seminars on photography and the city, in collaboration with Goldsmiths College and Kingston University.
Elisava School of Design and Engineering. International workshop, Performing Photography as part of the 15th Creative Marathon 2014-2015.
Lecturer “Photography as mapping space” at the British Library for Urbanism: Perception of the Material Landscape. In collaboration with the International Association of Visual Urbanists and Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Fundacio Enric Miralles - Course leader on Photography, Architecture and the City, Barcelona, Spain.
Photographic Project, ‘We are Water’ at Domus, as part of Clerkenwell Design Week, May 2012.
Assessor, ASCA European Union research project into disability and diversity, arts and culture in Europe, Madrid; Caceres, Spain, May 2012.
UFM Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala – London Course leader, Sustainable Architecture MA.
Central School speech & Drama, London. Workshop leader, ‘Performing Photography’ for MA and PhD Performance students.
Visiting Lecturer, PhD in Sociology and MSc in Social Research and Intervention, Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Course leader and lecturer on Critical Images - Signs and Dialogues.
Metropolis ¬Masters Programme in Art and Urban Culture, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.
Course convenor and tutor, Signs and Dialogues MA in Design and Photography. Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny. University Pompeu Fabre, Barcelona.
Photographers Gallery ‘Photography: Mapping the Civic Space’, organised by Art & Architecture, discussion and illustrated talk.
Artist-led workshop as part of Signs of the City programme, Berlin, in collaboration with urban dialogues and House of World Cultures, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union and the Capital Cultural Fund of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Lecturer and tutor for the MA in Design for Public Space. Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny. University Pompeu Fabre, Barcelona.
Course convenor and tutor on the photographic course Fundació Politecnica de Catalunya / UPC y Texas A&M University study abroad programme, Barcelona.
External lecturer for the diploma Unit2 at the Architectural Association, School of Architects, London.
Lecturer and tutor for study trips to London, Barcelona Architecture Center - Fundacio Politecnica de Catalunya.
Lecturer in visual studies – Lens practice, Southwark College, London.
Lecturer on Art and Architecture as part of Art Public Calaf programme.
Faculty of Fine Art Barcelona, guest lecture on Interdisciplinary approach to Art & Architecture.
Nottingham Trent University. Guest lecture on photography, Fine Art Department.
Perugia Art Academy, guest lecture on photography.
Birkbeck College, guest lecture on Interdisciplinary approach to Art & Architecture.
Academic And Artistic Appointments
Appointed as Creative Advisor, Association of Urban Photographers.
Appointed as a Member of the Panel, External Assessor for the Periodic Review of the BA Fine Art Photography at Falmouth University.
Research Plans 2016 To 2020
2015 / 2016
A monograph publication based on my photographic project PORT- ‘The Streets of the World’, a photographic study on displacement and identity, In collaboration with the Folio Club, Barcelona, Spain, and Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA), London.
2016 / 2018
I will be working on practice-based research which explores visual urbanism: social systems, environmental concerns, spatial planning and sustainable development within global debates about sustainability and urbanity in the 21st Century. I will be researching the politics of sustainability at the local and global level. I intend to present a paper based on my evolving photographic body of work entitle Minerals at the International 2016 Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) conference, ‘Visualizing Sustainability’ and subsequently will be working with the UPA in partnership with Urban Photo Fest, who promote research with in the social sciences, to extend the research development of ‘Minerals’ body of work which will be exhibited in Barcelona and London.
2016 / 2020
I will continue my collaboration with the Tate Britain as a programmer for the International Urban Encounters annual symposium, in partnership with Goldsmiths College, Kingston University and Openvizor. Urban Encounters hosts a number of international artists, photographers, urbanists and academics concerned with theorizing, researching and creating visual work around the medium of photography as a tool to define our build social environment. It is a major international gathering of artists, writers and academics working on photography and urbanity. This work represents significant and measurable research impact.
Solo exhibition, Milan (MIA) The International Photography Art Fair Milan, Italy. Represented by Gasket Gallery - Uk.
Duo exhibition as part of the Art week in Berlin – Berliner Lister 2014. Represented by Gasket Gallery - Uk.
Group exhibition ‘Movement’ Silver print Gallery. Organize by Association of Urban Photographers – The contribution that the association makes is on urban research and image-making.
Solo exhibition ‘Urban Habitat II’ OKK/raum29, Berlin, in collaboration with Lluis Andru Oliver, Puk a Malta – Kingz of Kiez and Kiez Kultur Netz Berlin, Germany.
Solo exhibition, OKK/raum29, in collaboration with Urban Dialogues, Berlin, Germany.
Solo Exhibition organised by Architecture Review and supported by the British Council in collaboration with the Union of Romanian Architects, Bucharest, Romania.
Solo exhibition, Fundació Espais d'Art Contemporani, Girona, Spain.
Solo exhibition, Holton Lee, Dorset.
Solo exhibition, Hungarian month of photography 2000, Studio Gallery, Budapest. Funded by The British Council.
Solo exhibition ‘Space at the centre’, Henry Peacock Gallery, London.
Solo exhibition, ‘In Full Colour’ exhibition at Tom Blau Gallery, London.
Solo exhibition. Flat 12 Holborn, installation ‘The Split Personality of Light’.
Solo exhibition. Installation ‘Light Station’, Coronet St, London.
Solo exhibition. Transformador Hall, installation ‘Metamorphosis’. Funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya Departamet de Cultura. Barcelona, Spain.
Solo exhibition, Town Hall, Vilanova I la Geltru, Catalunya. Installation ‘Sculturas Nocturnas’, Spain.
‘London Space at the Centre’ as part of Urban Memories, Urban Photographer Association - Annual Exhibition.
‘Port – Streets of the World’, in a group exhibition curated by the Association of Urban Photographers, exhibited at W83 gallery in New York, USA, at the Folio Club in Barcelona, Spain and at Gallery 71ª, London.
‘Fete Worse Than Death’, Red Gallery/Herrick Gallery, London.
Group exhibition ‘Movement’ Silver print Gallery. Organize by Association of Urban Photographers – The contribution that the association makes is on urban research and image making.
Galerie Ruberl, Vienna Austria.
Gasket Gallery, London.
ACVIC Centre D’arts Contemporanies, ‘Sota L’ombra de L’optimisme’, Barcelona, Spain.
‘Signs and Dialogues’. Vila Casas Foundation in collaboration the Masters in Design and Photography Elisava, Barcelona, Spain.
Wide Angle: Photography as Public Practice, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
East End Promise 1985/2000 A Story of Cultural Migrants, Red Gallery, London.
Foyer exhibition; Corali Dance Company Commission, ‘Live in your head’; Whitechapel Gallery, London.
“The Articultural Show”, Royal Festival Hall, London. Organized by Gavin Turk.
- “Bankside Browser” A Tate Modern art project. Curators Andrew Renton and Kitty Scott, Tate Modern, London.
‘Nederland 1’. Curator Tiong Ang, Museum Giuda, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Mark Jason Gallery, London.
Public Art Calf, 1999 – 2000. Instituto de Cultura la Capella, Barcelona, Spain.
Group Multimedia Exhibition, “International Art Public Calaf 1999” Barcelona, Spain.
“Barcelona 2004 The Future of the City” Photographic work as part of Ramon Parramon installation ‘Visions Periferiques’.
‘The Kindness of Strangers’, W139 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curator Jeremy Akerman.
‘Architecture, Experience and Thought’, Architectural Association as part of Tony Fretton Architects.
‘Dimension Leap’, Media – Exhibition, Trafo Gallery Budapest. Funded by the British Council.
‘Close to Home’, photographic exhibition organised by Gasworks and presented in Budapest. Funded by the London Arts Board.
-Ziegler Art Space, Groningen, Netherlands.
Architecture Foundation, Public Views 2 ‘On Air & Interval’. London.
International Kunstcentrum de Single, “In search of public space”m Antwerp, Belgium.
Curtain Road Arts, ‘Space at the Centre’, London.
W&P Gallery, ‘The Conimex Cinema’. Curator Tiong Ang. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
‘Having it’. Old Spitalfields Market, London.
Interdisciplinary MA in Art & Architecture. ‘Blind’ Installation. London.
Photography Art and Performativity, Common Ground, Volume 1: Discourses - School of Architecture Northeastern University. College of Art, Media and Design, Boston, USA.
Urban Biotopes, online publication of ‘Urban Habitat II and III’, for the Berlin-based international programme and platform funded by the European Union culture fund, to facilitate artistic collaborations and professional networks between European and African cities.
Feature on my current photographic work “Parkour and the Still Image” by Bill Marshall “Inert Cities – Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in visual culture”.
Feature on my current photographic work in Design and Architecture, a Singapore-based bimonthly magazine featuring works of Architecture and Art from Asia and the West.
Signs of the city – Metropolis Speaking, Publisher JOVIS Verlag, Germany.
CQD: Ciudades que danzan - Danza en paisajes urbanos, Barcelona, Spain.
A History of Herbert Smith by Tom Phillips, International Financial Law Review.
Two Minds: Artist and Architects in Collaboration. Edited by Jes Fernie. Black Dog Publishing, London.
Architecture Review, Union of Architects of Romania.
Royal Society of Arts RSA Journal, August 2003, in collaboration with Tony Fretton Architect on the design of the Faith House in Holton Lee, Dorset.
“Used City 1”, Quaderns, the Barcelona School of Architects. Project in collaboration with critic Nikos Papastergiadis and the editors - “Mizien”.
- Architecture Today, no. 131. Project in collaboration with Tony Fretton Architects, Holton Lee, Dorset.
- Recent Architecture of Barcelona, Ellipsis Publishers, London.
Innovative London Offices, in collaboration with graphic design The Farm and the London Design Council.
Solo exhibition catalogue ‘Space at the Centre,’, Girona, Spain.
Postwest magazine. Essay by Nikos Papastergiadis ‘On Museums, Galleries and their walls’. University of Western Studies, Sydney Australia.
Transversal, Essay on Calaf Art Public.
‘In Search of Public Space – Four Architects from London’. International Kunstcentrum de Singel, Antwerp, Belgium.
Architects Journal, review of my photographic work, ‘Between Art and Architecture’.
‘Dialogues in the Diaspora’, essay on my work by Nikos Papastergiades. Rivers Oram Press, London.
Het Parool Newspaper, review of exhibition “The Conimex Cinema”, Holland.
Exhibition catalogue, ‘Having it’, London.
Art & Design, Profile 37, New Art from Latin America. Essay on my work by Nikos Papastergiades, ‘Metaphor the Energy for Beginning’.
OKK Gallery, Berlin, Urban Habitat III project a photographic and video artwork with ‘King of Kiez’, a diversity and ethnicity project supported by Kultur Netz Berlin.
Miguel Roldán and Berengue Architects, Building: “Barcelona Activa”.
Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue Architects Associates for the Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, and Mercado Santa Caterina, Barcelona.
Whitechapel Art Gallery. Artist in residency as part of Creative Connections programme.
InIVA (Institute of International Visual Art). Commissioned artist’s project as part of Soft project, curator Melanie Keen.
Royal Society of Architect award for Art and Architecture to work in collaboration with Tony Fretton Architects on The Faith House at Holton Lee, Dorset.
The Whitechapel Art Gallery as part of the centenary exhibition.
Corali Dance Company, performance “In Full Colour”. Commissioned by the Tate Modern as part of the programme Performing Buildings and funded by the London Arts Board.
Intenazionale Collezione Malerba – Fondo per la Fotografia. Milan, Italy.
SIP Shpilman - Institute for photography. Tel Aviv, Israel.
EMBT Architects, Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, Barcelona, Spain.
Herbert Smith international law firm - Exchange House, London.
Artist In Residence/Fellowships
Artist-in-residence in China, Arts Council England’s International Fellowship Programme In partner ship with Gasworks/Triangle Arts Trust.
Photographers’ Gallery artist-in-residence, in collaboration with Creative Partnerships London East.
Artist-in-residence at Herbert Smith international law firm at the Exchange House, programmed by the Whitechapel art gallery and funded by Art & Business.
Art and business in partnership with Whitechapel Art Gallery and Herbert Smith.