Fantom was born between Milan and New York in 2009, with the publication of a quarterly magazine and a number of books, distributed in over 20 countries. In 2012, after the release of 10 issues of the magazine, the project evolved to become a curatorial collective that carries on its investigation on the uses and abuses of photography. Since then, Fantom has continued to publish books and produce exhibitions, including solo shows by Raed Yassin, Mario Milizia, Ruth van Beek, and Taisuke Koyama; the special projects of Batia Suter and Maurizio Anzeri for Miart 2014 and 2015; and Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès 2014. From May 2015 Fantom is in charge of the programme of the newly-established contemporary art gallery Viasaterna, Milano. The inaugural exhibition, Picture Perfect: On the Virality of Photography, included works by Hans Peter Feldmann, Joe Hamilton, Anna Kristensen, Mario Milizia, Taisuke Mohri, Macoto Murayama, Shuichi Nakano, Wieland Payer, Annalisa Pintucci, Wang Qiang and Lorenzo Vitturi.
Selva Barni is Fantom’s originator and director. Besides her activities as curator, she works as editorial and photography consultant for companies and publishing houses. She is a lecturer at the Master in Photography and Visual Design organized by Milan’s New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA). Previously, she freelanced as photography editor and photographer in New York and Milan.
Massimo Torrigiani is C.E.O. of Boiler Corporation, the Milan-based creative agency that managed Fantom’s start-up. Chairman of the Curatorial Board of PAC – Milan’s museum of contemporary art, and of a new complex for contemporary art and culture in Bari, he is artistic director of Art in the City, a festival and media platform dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art in Shanghai, and curator of Capo d’Arte, an annual exhibition in the old town of Gagliano del Capo (Apulia, Italy). From 2010-13 he was the director of SH Contemporary – Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair.
Francesco Zanot worked for exhibitions and books with some of the most renowned international photographers. He curated photobooks by artists Olivo Barbieri, Mark Cohen, Charlotte Dumas, Guido Guidi and Takashi Homma. His latest contributions appear on books dedicated to Boris Mikhailov (Camera-Walter Koenig), Domingo Milella (Steidl), Linda Fregni Nagler (Mack), Luigi Ghirri (Mack), Alec Soth (Contrasto), Ettore Sottsass (Phaidon) and on the 4-volume series Photography (Skira). He is Chief Curator of Camera – The Italian Centre for Photography and Director of the Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA Milan.
A visual designer under the name of BureauBureau, Didier Falzone previously worked for Rodeo, Intersection Italia and Playboy Italia. He is currently serving as art director for lifestyle publications including Urban and VO+.
Ilaria Speri graduated from NABA’s Master in Photography and Visual Design in 2012, completing her course with an internship at Mack books in London. In 2013-14 she worked as archive manager for artist Linda Fregni Nagler. She carries out research, writing and editing duties for exhibitions and publications, including Photography vol. 4: The Contemporary Era (Skira 2014) and Questa è guerra! (exhibition and catalogue, Marsilio 2015). She holds a course on the History of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.