Torno indietro un attimo is the record of a journey through layers, sedimentations, and erosions along the Adige River undertaken by Antonio Rovaldi on different occasions between summer and autumn 2023. The perspectives on the landscape oscillate between verticality and horizontality, observing the river from various angles, searching for traces in the sand, along the banks, and among the rocks, following the passage of days with the leisurely rhythm of walking.

Morgen – Torno indietro un attimo is a non-linear photographic serie, weaving together a plurality of perspectives in conjunction with places, personal memories, geological eras, and encounters with inhabitants living in different geographical areas: from the mountain landscapes of the source on the border between Italy and Austria, to the extensive Venetian plain where the light warms and the river’s line flattens out, moving gently through its bends until it reaches the vastness of the horizon in the Adriatic Sea.


Antonio Rovaldi tells an extensive and elastic geography composed of landscapes that multiply, intertwine, and reflect through a narrative of contaminations among different places and epochs. Throughout the year, the artist has returned multiple times along the riverbanks, moving with or against the current to explore the margin of human activity in a territory deeply marked and constructed.


The project Torno indietro un attimo tells the story of the Adige River through a long photographic serie in relation to a sound installation titled Ludwig, the video 20” fermo davanti o di fianco al fiume inspiro schiena dritta braccia tese Adige 2023-24, a book published by Quodlibet, and a series of other river geographies that the artist has traversed over the years and that will be displayed, in the form of large posters, in the public space of Bolzano.


Antonio Rovaldi. Torno indietro un attimo
curated by Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo
Foto-Forum / Via Weggenstein 3, Bolzano
Tuesday – Friday 3-7pm; Saturday 10am-12pm

Opening Tuesday, 14.05, 7pm

With a dialogue between Esther Kinsky and Antonio Rovaldi 


Public billboards, Bolzano 




Public presentation  


Ca’ Bottacin, NICHE (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)


Installation Torno indietro un attimo
Festival Grenze Arsenali Fotografici, Verona

Opening Saturday 14.09, 6pm

Antonio Rovaldi studied at NABA in Milan with Hidetoshi Nagasawa and Mario Cresci. Since then, his artistic practice has explored the perception of landscape through photography, video, sculptu-re and sound installation. His research often relies on the direct exploration of places, through wal-king and staying.


Born in 1975 in Parma, he lives in Milan, where he also initiated the artist-run spa-ce Cler (@clerviapadova27) at his studio, in which he creates dialogues with the practices of other artists.


Having lived in New York between 2006 and 2016, in 2006 he won the New York Prize from Columbia University and in 2009 he was Artist in Residence at ISCP in Brooklyn. His publications include Orizzonte in Italia (2015), a photographic exploration along all the Italian coasts, travelled along by bicycle to capture the horizon line, and The Sound of the Woodpecker Bill: New York City (2018), a photographic novel dedicated to the edges of the five boroughs of New York, traced on foot between 2016 and 2018. 


2023 – ongoing


Angelika Burtscher, Daniele Lupo

A project by

Lungomare, Foto Forum


Foto Forum (Jeva Griskjane), Lungomare (Paola Boscaini)

Production and Coordination

Foto Forum (Katharina Kolakowski), Lungomare (Elisa Del Prete)


Chiara Cesaretti, Cecilia Tommasi


Antonio Rovaldi

In occasion of

FLUX – River interventions and explorations

In collaboration with

Fotoforum, Museion, NICHE, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Grenze-Arsenali Fotografici 

With the support of

Strategia Fotografia 2023, Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero della Cultura, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano