Founded between Milan and New York in 2009, Fantom started their activities by publishing a photographic quarterly and a series of photobooks distributed in over 20 countries. In 2012, after the release of 10 issues, the group discontinued the publication of the magazine to evolve into a curatorial platform that carries on investigating the new trajectories of photography and sound through exhibitions, performances, and publishing projects. Among those, solo shows, installations and concerts by Batia Suter, Mario Milizia, Maurizio Anzeri, Raed Yassin, Ruth van Beek, Shilpa Gupta, Soundwalk Collective, Taisuke Koyama and Yang Fudong, as well the exhibitons of Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès 2014. From 2015-17 Fantom took care of the programme of the new art gallery Viasaterna in Milan. In that venue, the group organized the solo exhibitions of Guido Guidi, Lorenzo Vitturi, Mario Milizia, Takashi Homma and Theo Drebbel, along with a series of group shows. Since 2016 Fantom are in charge of the curatorial coordination of a sequence of exhibitions commissioned by the City of Milan and produced by the Alcantara company in the city’s Royal Palace. Currently Fantom is Selva Barni, Massimo Torrigiani, Francesco Zanot, Didier Falzone and Ilaria Speri.
Selva Barni is Fantom’s founder and director. Besides her activities as a curator, she works as editorial and photography consultant for companies and publishing houses, and teaches Photography Editing and Publishing at the Master in Photography and Visual Design of the New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA) in Milan. Since January 2018 she is the visual editor of Domus magazine, under the direction of architect Michele De Lucchi.
Massimo Torrigiani is the director of the project for the new complex for contemporary arts of the City of Bari and a member of the curatorial board of Triennale Teatro dell’Arte, Milan. Co-founder and co-director of Fantom and of the creative agency Boiler Corporation, he is the artistic director of Capo d’Arte, a non-profit organization based in the old town of Gagliano del Capo (Apulia). From 2014-16 he chaired the curatorial board of the PAC, the centre for contemporary art of the City of Milan; from 2014-17 he was the creative director of the festival Art In The City Shanghai; from 2010-13 he was the director of SH Contemporary – Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair.
Founding curator at Camera (the Italian Centre for Photography, Turin) from 2015-18, Francesco Zanot has worked on exhibitions and publications with many Italian and international photographers: Boris Mikhailov, Carlo Mollino, Domingo Milella, Erik Kessels, Guido Guidi, Linda Fregni Nagler, Mark Cohen and Takashi Homma. His essays have been published in books on the work of Antonio Rovaldi, Ettore Sottsass and Luigi Ghirri, and, together with Alec Soth, he is the author of the book Ping Pong Conversations. Director of the Master in Photography and Visual Design organised by NABA in Milan, in 2016-17 he curated the exhibitions Give Me Yesterday and Stefano Graziani: Questioning Pictures, at Fondazione Prada Osservatorio, Milan.
A visual designer under the name of BureauBureau, Didier Falzone has worked on book projects and for magazines such as Rodeo, Intersection Italia, Urban and Playboy Italia, among others. His fashion illustrations are published in international magazines and commissioned for ad campaigns.
Ilaria Speri carries out research and production for exhibitions and publications. A correspondent at Il Giornale dell’Arte, she writes for magazines and artists’ books, including Fabrizio Vatieri’s Dominare spiritualmente il progresso (self-published 2017) and Stefano Graziani’s Salto Grande Estasi (Skinnerboox 2016). From 2014-17 she held a course on the History of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She is the curatorial coordinator of Fotopub, an independent visual arts festival based in Novo mesto (Slovenia).