Daniele Sambo, Venezia, 1983 Is working and living in Glasgow. Daniele was a visiting lecturer for the master’s program in communication, design /photography at the Glasgow School of Art.
Daniele Sambo is a Venetian artist who works with photography and installation. With a background in urban and landscape planning and design, he has in recent years developed an interest in public art and photography’s role as a vehicle for change.
Daniele is constantly challenging the boundaries of his practice, looking for a direct exchange of knowledge and dialogue, where the processes are very often concerned with how the work interjects and discusses community. – From Cardiff Contemporary, November 2014
Sambo contributed to the 2016 photo city at Copenhagen Photo Festival with ‘Short Stories’. The series aimed to bring together glimpses of the technological race towards the innovation that characterizes the development of Western societies, nature, and daily neighbourhood life – echoing environmental science fiction references. One of the stories is called ‘The wooden Spaceships’.
Wooden Spaceships was made as a response to one of the oldest plantations of oak trees in Denmark (dating 1700 ca.). The Royal Danish Family planned to grow these trees to produce timber for their fleet, a process arrested by the industrial revolution and its technological shift from timber to metal. Kids today use the area to play and create small vessels out of their imagination.
The work of Daniele Sambo is often looking for a direct exchange of knowledge and dialogue, and the processes are often concerned with how the work interjects into and discusses communities. It looks at the links between monumental and functional properties of objects in the public sphere – with a specific focus in which nature brings people together.
He has since worked on projects such as ‘Visual Dialogues’, where in January 2017, Daniele Sambo and Christine Goodman began a joint residency at the St Andrews Community Hospital for sixteen weeks they facilitated art workshops at the hospital with patients from ward 1 and ward 2. ‘Door in the Wall’, A series of temporary interventions opening a window into what is normally hidden behind a wall or a closed door. Public places (and even toilets), un-visited or closed to the public, were selected in Portobello and made ‘accessible to the public during Art Walk Porty.