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The Circle


IED - Istituto Europeo di Design
via Sciesa 4, Milano - Italia


From 21st of March to 20th of April 2024


Circular Future Labs


THE CIRCLE, a project commissioned by Intesa Sanpaolo with the specialist support of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation - the biggest foundation in the world to promote the Circular Economy - and hosted at Gallerie d’Italia Turin from Sept. 21, 2023 to Feb. 18, 2024, takes us on a journey in search of emblematic practices and stories of sustainable economic growth, through experimentation and industrial advancement across Europe. These stories unfold real solutions inspired by the immutable laws of nature and explore topics such as energy production, the recycling of textiles, the repurposing of abandoned industriale areas, food production and ocean powered solutions.

THE CIRCLE. Circular Future Labs is a project to put the circular economy, in the Lombardy capital, at the center of the debate. It is promoted by Fondazione Cariplo, with Gallerie d'Italia Intesa Sanpaolo, and with the collaboration of IED, Istituto Europeo di Design.

In Milan it is presented in a format that includes: an exhibition by Luca Locatelli at the IED, from 21 March to 20 April, in an installation that combines static and moving images, with some of the works of the photographer already set up at the Gallerie d'Italia - Turin with the addition of several unpublished, and a series of meetings and talks in depth.

The events aim to tell how much "hidden" circular economy has developed in recent years and promote other virtuous practices.



Luca Locatelli is a visual storyteller who focuses on the relationships between people, science, technology and the environment. Luca’s work, for more than a decade, has been focused on exploring plausible solutions to tackle the climate crisis with the aim to an open discussion about our common future. Luca’s work has been widely published on international medias such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, Geo Germany.  Luca’s work has been exhibited and presented in various venues worldwide including Gallerie d’Italia Museum of Photography, Turin, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Shanghai Center of Photography, Somerset House in London among others. Luca’s work has been recognised and awarded various prizes, including: World Press Photo, 2018 and 2020; Leica Oskar Barnack Award, 2020; World Photography Organization, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.