Steve Bisson is an Italo-belgian planner, art director, curator, working mainly in the field of urbanism and visual anthropology. Over the past 15 years he has played his professional practice as a form of experimental game by applying the visual arts in the context of the sustainable development.
From the ten-year collection project of entrepreneurial memories in his home region plagued since 2008 by an increasing suicide rate due to the economic crisis, to the transformation of an artist residency of Sao Paulo in a shared laboratory for engaging the city housing issues during 2013 demonstrations. From the situationist approach used in the study of rural landscape conflicts commissioned by the Benetton Foundation, to various exhibitions dedicated to women in Russia during the incarceration of the Pussy Riot activists.
As a craftsman, every project is tailor-made, taking into account the historical and social moment. In 2016, while being invited to curate the photography exhibition for the Italian pavillion of Biennale of Architecture, Bisson organized an off and free entry screening session about films on architecture to protest against the commodification of the city of Venice and the spectacularization of culture. He has collaborated worldwide with artists, companies, museums, foundations and galleries and contributed to over 40 exhibitions and festivals as an attempt to support young talents, create debate and increase awareness on human conditions across the world. For this Steve Bisson founded, respectively in 2009 and 2012, two online publishing projects Urbanautica and Filmessay to enhance deschooling and lifelong learning, involving dozens of people, from students to professors, curators and authors.
Steve Bisson has so far both lectured and taught in several academies (IUAV, Ca’ Foscari and IED in Venice, Domus Academy Milan, FAAP and Universidade das Belas Artes in Sao Paulo among others). His essays and reviews appeared in many books, studies, magazines, and websites. Often seen as a jury member for photography awards and portfolio reviews he believes in conviviality as an antidote to postmodern loss of consciousness. This reading is intended to invite participants to reflect and dialogue on the ethics of looking and on the role of image production in shaping our cultural landscapes.