Gustav Willeit


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Gustav Willeit was born in 1975, and grew up in Corvara in Alta Badia. From 2000 to 2004, he studied at the F+F School for Art and Design in Zurich, Switzerland, acquiring technical skills that can now be found in the formal structures underpinning his innate poetic vision of the world. In 2005, he worked as an assistant at the studios of various photographers in Zurich. Since 2006, he has been working freelance in Italy and Switzerland.

There is the artist who uses photography as an intellectual and emotional tool to relate with the complexity of the external world. This is the magic touch of Gustav: the images he creates tell stories. As if his way of photographing belonged to a written language that translates into pixels. There is no landscape: there are skies, and clouds, symmetries, mirrors, rocks, and there is life. Not just solitude and disorientation. There is adventure. A reckless attempt to reconstruct the image of a place or a face or an architecture that lies between anthropology and geography. It is no coincidence that Gustav Willeit synthesises his being in Guworld. Gustav creates his world with snapshots that annihilate the ephemeral by transforming it into a dimension of eternity. But be attentive: there is no salvation in this way of acting and creating. If we are accurate in looking at the images we will see there is the allurement of the sensible and the present, but there are also cracks, like the wrinkles of a face, that announce the crumbling of life and history.