ARTIST TALK – ITALIAN JOURNEY XXI – The Gaze We Turn on the Other

In the context of the exhibition ITALIAN JOURNEY XXI – The Gaze We Turn on the Other, the artists Silvia Giambrone and Alessandro Piangiamore talk with the curator of the exhibition Ludovico Pratesi and the director of the Casa di Goethe Gregor H. Lersch about their works exhibited there and discuss the different concepts of travel thematized by the artists.

With Off the pain Silvia Giambrone shows a work created especially for the exhibition, in which she deals with suicide and a journey into her own psyche, inspired by Goethe’s “Young Werther”. In his diptych Some Birds Get Lost in the Sky, Alessandro Piangiamore takes the viewer on a journey into the sky, where feathers as traces of bird migration refer to celestial trajectories.

The talk will be held in Italian.


Silvia Giambrone, who both lives and works between Rome and London,
works about both the physical and invisible evidences of the strong
connection between violence ad the ‘subjectification’ process. She Wins the
2019 VAF Award, the most important prize for young Italian artists. She is an
ambassador for Kaunas European City of Culture 2022.
Some of her exhibitions include: Reclaiming and Making: Art, Desire, Violence,
Museum Of Sex, New York, NY, 2022; INTERTWINGLED – The role of the
Rugs in Art, Craft and Design, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome, 2022; Fine Arts
Festival 2022, Los Angeles, 2022; Female Feedback Film Festival, Los
Angeles / Toronto, 2022 I say I, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome, 2021; Hall of
Shadows, Dior Show FW2021, Versailles Castle, France, 2021; Mascarilla 19
– Codes of domestic violence, LOOP Festival, Fundació Antoni Tàpies,
Barcelona, Spain, 2021; Nobody’s room. Anzi, parla, Museo del
Novecento, Milan, 2020; Wall-eyes. Looking at Italy and Africa, Keynes Art Mile, Johannesburg, 2019; VII
Premio Fondazione VAF, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany, 2019; Sovvertimenti,
Museo Novecento, Florence, 2019; Corpo a corpo, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome, 2017; Terra mediterranea: in action, NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2017; W Women in Italian Design, Triennale
Design Museum, Milan, 2016;

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Born in Enna, Sicily, in 1976, Alessandro Piangiamore lives and works in Rome.

In his work, the attempt to crystallize the ephemeral, the evanescent, is recurrent, through a practical approach to the material that, as the artist claims, allows him to adhere to reality and an understanding of it. His practice always maintains an intimate and poetic dimension that often leaves the state of the final form to chance.

His keynote exhibitions include solo shows Marango, at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ NYU, New York (US), 2018; La Chair des choses, Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers,Vienne (FR) and Espace arts plastiques Madeleine-Lambert, Vénissieux (FR), 2018;  Quaranta, Galleria Magazzino, Rome (IT), 2016;  Primavera Piangiamore, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR), 2014, Tutto il Vento che c’è, Galleria Civica Segantini, Arco (IT), 2013 and at GAMEC, Bergamo (IT), 2011.

He took part in group shows including Luogo e Segni, Punta della Dogana- Pinault Collection, Venice (IT), 2019; The Lasting, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (IT) 2016; Par Tibi Roma Nihil, NOMAS Foundation, Rome (IT) 2016; Meteorite in Giardino, Fondazione Merz, Turin (IT) 2014; Sletto e Corso, XXI Biennal de Selestat, Selestat (FR) 2013; ReGeneration Macro, Rome (IT) 2012; When  In Rome, Italian Institute of Culture. Los Angeles (US), 2011; Smeared with the Gold of the Opulent Sun, NOMAS Foundation, Rome, 2012; Mutiny Seemed a Probability, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (IT) 2010;  Le 50 Lune di Saturno, Turin Triennale, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli (IT), 2008.

He won numerous prizes and residencies as: Prize of The Cité internationale de la tapisserie, Aubusson (FR), 2015; 16° Premio Cairo, Cairo Editore, Milan (IT), 2015; Residency at Khoj Studio, New Delhi (IND), 2010; Residency at Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets, Paris FR, 2007.