What happens in amusement parks when the lights go out?

Night Games exhibition

by Valentina Ieva
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What happens in amusement parks when the lights go out? What happens at children’s playgrounds at night?

A desolate quiet takes over the spaces where, when the sun shines, children play and adults relax. With his latest photo series, Night Games, Stefano Cerio (*1962) does more than simply continue his 2015 series Chinese Fun.

Leolandia Bergamo © Stefano Cerio

 

He links them both through a process used in 2011 while photographing his series Night Ski. With the absence of natural light during nighttime, he made a virtue out of necessity by employing artificial lighting. By doing so, he could achieve sculptural, even haptic qualities in his images.

 

Mirabilandia Ravenna © Stefano Cerio

 

 

The results are uncanny, fascinating views of carnival rides, slides and carousels that one usually never sees, although here they are always close at hand.

 

Exhibition: Galleria del Cembalo, Rome 4.5.–8.7.2017

Nettuno Beach Roma © Stefano Cerio

 

Gardaland Verona © Stefano Cerio

Gardaland Verona © Stefano Cerio

Lunaeur Roma © Stefano Cerio

 

Cover image: Coney Island NY © Stefano Cerio

 

Find out more:

www.cerio.it

www.hatjecantz.de

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    • Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)