Andrea Vallerani approaches photography almost by accident. The encounter with Aldo Fallai has been enough to arise a long series of questions which soon led him to buy his first camera looking for answers. In short time he found himself working in Milan, between fashion and advertising but feels the need to seek what is behind the aspect, the “mask” of the face.
Few Diane Arbus shots imprison him pushing to search “the Other”, the beyond being dimension, beyond existence. In 1988 takes a personal “journey” that led him to realize portraits that affirm the expressiveness of the human face beyond an aesthetic code. He realizes a reportage where, more than anything else, counts the viewpoints and declarations of love and friendship towards who have been a silent travel companions. “The photographic experience of Vallerani demonstrates to have qualities of fine lightness, has become a book and an exhibition”. (Denis Curti).
His first exhibition ” silent travel companions ” is presented in Turin in 1992 in the Chiostro dello Juvarra, Hovara Art Gallery and more later, in 1993, Electa publisher, issued the book which will be presented during the second exibition in Milan at Palazzo delle Stelline
In 1994 the exhibition, in collaboration with the Italian Foundation for photography, is presented in Vicenza, Brescia, Udine, Cuneo and Padua and ended in 1995 in Venice at Cultural Center Le Zitelle. Guido Ceronetti and Gianfranco Ravasi will cure the Introduction and they comment:
“…… Certainly on paper, round tables and conferences, we talk about God much more than here, where there is no need to look for it in the abstract and in the far distance. (Guido Ceronetti)
“The photographer’s eye direct his glance with love on this parallel universe but alternative to ours, identifies the language, enhances the syntax and style, gently rest on feelings, caressing the dazzled or surprised faces , lingers on the ” feast of Fools “, more free and total than ours” (Gianfranco Ravasi)
In 1995, UNICEF asks Andrea Vallerani to think, produce and arrange a photo event for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Fund for Children This new journey will take him to India, Africa and Central America from which, after almost a year of work, it will return with the photographic material that will be collected in a book entitled: ” the mornings of Similarity ” published by Mondadori introduced by Guido Ceronetti, Alberto Papuzzi and Luisella D’Alessandro.
In 1996 in Milan, Palace of Expositions, will be inaugurated the photographic exhibition.
Giuliana Scimè writes: “The essential virtues and message of this work have been able to tell a way of being that not “discern” and that does not emphasizes the” diversity ”.
Vallerani is not new to these challenges. Always tended towards a picture dedicated to solidarity he managed, with great professionalism, to put together a project that on paper might seem unfeasible. (Denis Curti)
In 2001 has been invited to “Terrae – Motus” collective exhibition of artists from Central and South America to exhibit at the Guzman Museum in the capital San Salvador, El Salvador. In the same year the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders invites him to participate in the realization of the project of solidarity for the Somali population, where he goes and makes a forty pictures taken in the regions of Bakool and Bae and then finish in the Dadaab refugee camp .
The “Somalia over the War” supported by the Culture-National Centre of Photography in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders, intends to make a reality of hope, confidence in the future, the possibility of a resumption of the many resources in the African country. The exhibit is travelling and will be on display throughout the Italian territory.
In the 90s, the meeting with Enzo Obiso is crucial for a more deep reserach , looking for an introspective language. This new photographic project made in Peru produces a series of photos that represent the beginning of this research …….. a window over the essence ……. it will be shortly presented in all its completeness.