Salvatore Vitale, born in Palermo, Italy, in 1986, is a Swiss-based visual artist, curator, editor and educator. His research focuses on the development and complexity of modern societies, exploring power structures, technological mediation and the influence of these elements in society, whilst making use of expanded documentary analysis, including elements of fiction, speculative storytelling and the use of multiple visual forms. In 2015 he received a Swiss Arts Council award for his long-term project How to Secure a Country (2014-2019), on the production of security in Switzerland. The monograph of the project was published by Lars Müller Publishers (2019).
His work has been exhibited in major international centers with solo shows at Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (2022), Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (2021), OGR Torino (2021), MASI Lugano (2021), Fotogralleriet Oslo (2020), Swiss Foundation for Photography Winterthur (2018), MOCACK – Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2018), Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne (2017). He has also participated in group exhibitions in numerous galleries and institutions including: Biennale für Aktuelle Fotografie Mannheim (2022), Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation (2021), Kibla Contemporary Art Space, Maribor; Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam(2019); OCAT Shenzhen; Lianzhou Foto Festival (2018); Fotodock, Utrecht (2018); T3 Photo Festival Tokyo (2017).
Vitale was co-founder and editor-in-chief of YET magazine, an international magazine focused on the evolution of the photography practice within the contemporary art field. He has also contributed to and edited several publications, including HYBRIDS. Forging new realities as counter narrative (2021) and NUMMER: Post-Photography (2020).
He has received numerous international awards, including the Bally Artist of the Year (2021), Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Grant (2020), Pro Helvetia Shanghai Research Grant (2020), Foam Talent (2018), Punctum Award (2018), Swiss Design Awards (2018), and PHMuseum Award Grant (2017).
Vitale is also a lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) where he leads the Transmedia Storytelling program.