With the work Night Games the Italian photographer Stefano Cerio pursues his apparently objective research on the amusement parks or leisure places, started with Aqua Park (2010) and further developed in Night Ski (2012) and Chinese Fun (2015).

Cerio is not creating an inventory of amusement parks and nor does he seek to offer shots of some of their themes. Night Games includes many different places and spaces. The worlds created by the park decor are very varied: cinematic, urban, military. Every age group is in some way hinted at in the diversity of the parks he photographs. Children are included since one of Cerio’s subjects is public gardens in the center of cities like Paris, with their roundabouts and slides for little children.

The composition of the photographs is highly restrained. The subject is generally placed in the center and Cerio does not indulge in imaginative camera angles: he almost always chooses a front view. At the same time, he is always careful to include in the edges of the composition items that give some indication of scale. The dimensions of the Parachute Jump, a gigantic flower-shaped ride at Coney Island, and the little horse mounted on a spring in a Parisian playground are widely different, but the way in which they are treated does not vary – it is this approach that constitutes the unity of Cerio’s work

Night Games will be exposed at Galleria del Cembalo (Rome) till July 8th 2017. www.galleriadelcembalo.it/eng

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Stefano Cerio – Mirabilandia, Ravenna

Stefano Cerio – Hydromania, Rome

Stefano Cerio – Gardaland, Verona

Stefano Cerio – Coney Island, NY

Stefano Cerio – Gardaland, Verona

Stefano Cerio – Mirabilandia, Ravenna

Stefano Cerio – Cinecittà World, Rome

Stefano Cerio – Leolandia, Bergamo

Stefano Cerio – Coney Island, NY

Stefano Cerio – Eur Lake, Roma

Stefano Cerio – Villa Pamphili Park, Rome

Stefano Cerio – Nettuno Beach, Rome

Stefano Cerio – Gardaland, Verona

Stefano Cerio – Luneur, Rome

Stefano Cerio – Luneur, Rome