Carlo Sampietro is an Italian mixed media artist based in New York City. His work heightens public awareness by visually demonstrating cultural issues. His first major series, The Street is in The House, is a body of work that transmutes elements of urban life into objets d’art.  Through his work, Carlo seeks to dismantle established value structures and elements of social control.

Sampietro’s investigation into facets of the urban condition continues with PopDogs, a gargantuan edifice—a popcorn machine that spews plastic dogs at an alarming rate—a symbolic parallel to canine overpopulation in urban centers as the catastrophic result of human ignorance and the immutability of desire. In his latest video art, Bunda Pandeiro, he explores the rules of gender and race in the contemporary world. Since 2011 his work has appeared in exhibitions at Berlin Short Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival (NYC), Figment (NYC), Galleria Rossana Orlandi (Milan), the Museum of Design (Como) and Queens Museum of Art.

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