Salvatore Vitale
documentary photographer

Salvatore Vitale studied Communication and attended International Center of Photography. In 2015 he was named among Die Besten 2014 at Swiss Photo Awards, and received a grant from Arts Council Pro Helvetia for his long term research on the production of security in Switzerland. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of YET magazine.

Photography is a tool to push for the agenda of the common good. The common good as in our accepted idea of what society accepts as good for all. With knowledge as the driving force of our moral public consciousness and connection to society: the global, public, good. Its use and control, acquisition, validation, are common to all people, not as a form of cognitive capitalism for a few, but integral to our growth and sustainability as a collective social endeavour: the common good.

Vitale uses photography to reveal what is used as power tools to control what should be the right for every person; to be able to seek refugee and protection. In 2014, Switzerland voted against mass immigration, Vitale has made work that is deliberately devoid of people, clinical in language and critical to one of the most heavily armed countries in the world. It is an investigation of a security system and the impact of a power dynamic that is clearly prejudiced. Photography is a tool and a component to regulate; what for someone is to protect our common goods, might at the same time remove them from others.



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