Since the beginning of his artistic career, Riello wanted to be a social reporter investigating his immediate environment. He is particularly interested in the ‘dark sides’ of Italian contemporary life.

His past work has examined subjects such as prostitution, criminal scenes, bad tricks, ‘shortcuts for happiness’, ‘home killers’, mafia activities, domestic crimes against women and children, and immigration.

Riello’s current work restyles ‘masculine’ military objects such as weapons and uniforms using ‘traditionally feminine’ influences, such as fashion and fabrics. The Elegantank series exemplifies this interplay of apparently conflicting styling. Similarly, Permesso Di Soggiorno explores the difficulty in obtaining immigration rights in Italy by placing much sought after official entry visas in beautifully crafted glass baubles.

The World is a Safer Place
Published 1995

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