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Giulia Piscitelli explores the para­dox­i­cal aspects of con­tem­po­rary liv­ing through a diverse selection of media ranging from draw­ing, video, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and per­for­mance. Her art­work, often full of humor and some­times marked by a note of melan­choly, reflects on the clash between the polit­i­cal dimen­sion and sub­jec­tiv­ity through themes of mem­ory, the pass­ing of time, cor­po­re­al­ity, and ill­ness.

Often the objects and materials that Piscitelli uses in her work—such as books, textiles, and old clothes—are those found or collected over many years. Piscitelli embraces the prosaic by embalming, erasing, restoring, and revisiting everyday objects and in the process imbues them with alternative meanings. Through this process Piscitelli meditates upon the complex relationship between labor, subjectivity, and gender, often making reference to symbols found within in her Italian cultural history and often with a pointed relation to masonry or, more generally, to ‘work’.  Within these processes Piscitelli often inserts her own presence, emphasizing the tension between mundane action and its alienation from the ‘correct’ context.

Piscitelli was born in 1965 in Naples, Italy, where she lives and works. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (2011), The Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (2011), Kunsthalle Basel (2010), the Berlin Biennial (2008), and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007). 

Born 1965 in Naples, Italy.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015                           
Wide Rule, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, California

2013                           
Sim Sala Bim, Galleria Fonti, Naples
Intermedium, curated by Andrea Viliani, Eugenio Viola, Museo Madre, Naples

2012                           
Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica, California

2011                           
Contested Zones, CUBITT Gallery, London
Rischi minori, curated by S. Chiodi, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome

2010                          
Beige, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples

2009                         
Protocollo, Galleria Fonti, Naples

2008                         
Ballhaus, curated by Salvatore Lacagnina, RISO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Palermo

2006                         
Selected video works 1989-2002, Galleria Fonti, Naples

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Secret of the Landscape, Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

2017                           
Documenta 14, studio 14, Athens, Greece

2016                          
16a Quadriennale d’arte Roma, Rome, Italy
The Geo Politics of Monetized Airspace, curated by Egija Inzule, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN

2015                           
Sleepless—The bed in history and contemporary art, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

2014                          
Non potendomi arrampicare presi per le colline, Galleria Civica di Valdagno, Italy
Italy in SongEun, curated by Maria Rosa Sossai, SongEun Art and Cultrual Foundation, Seoul, South Korea
Visioni Contemporanee, curated by Alessandro Demma, Spazio Borgogno, Milan, Italy; Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri, Italy; SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2013                           
La Materia di un Sogno, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy
Sette Opere per La Misericordi, Museo Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples, Italy
Ride Gently Over the Bridge, Galerii Noorus, Tartu, Estonia

2012                           
Radici, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, Caselbasso, (TE), Italy

2011                           
54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale
Italian Video Today: Social and Individual Identity, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and Shara Wasserman, Crane Arts LLC, Philadelphia

2010                          
Trailer park, curated by Jorg Heiser, Teatro Margherita, Bari, Italy
Sehnsucht, a video and film screening, curated by E.Oreto, Uqbar, Berlin
Mediamorfosi 2.0 Contributi alle lingue dell’arterità, curated by G.Perretta, SUDLAB, Portici (Na), Italy
Video Report Italia 2008.09, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Italy
Strange Comfort (Afforded by the profession) curated by Adam Szymczyk e Salvatore Lacagnina, Kunsthalle, Basel
Linguaggi e sperimentazioni, curated by Giorgio Verzotti, Museo MART di Trento e, Rovereto, Italy

2009                         
Barock, curated by E. Cicelyn e M. Codognato, Museo MADRE, Naples
Historias, cuentos y amnesias, curated by F. Bonzi e S. Blas, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Palinsesti-Strutture precarie, curated by Denis Viva, San Vito al Tagliamento (Ud), Italy
The Italian Sight, TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes), curated by Laura Barreca, Tenerife
Aqua, Festival Internazionale Time in Jazz, curated by Laura Barreca, Berchidda (OT)
Lago Film Fest, curated by Saul Marcadent in collaboration with Careof DOCVA, Lago di Revine (Treviso), Italy
Eppur si muove (And yet it moves), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba (CN)/Palazzo Ducale, Genova, curated by Inti Guerrero, Julia Klaring, Pieternel Vermoortel
Emergency Room, PAN Palazzo delle Arti, Naples

2008                         
Fate presto, curated by Bonnet, Fonseca, Lacagnina, Riera, Viola, Complesso Monumentale di Santa Sofia, Salerno, Italy
Italie Italien Italy Wlochy curated by Del Vecchio, Rabottini, Scipioni, Viliani, ARCOS Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, Italy
When things cast no shadow-5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, curated by Adam Szymczyk e Elena Filipovic, Berlin
dai tempo al tempo, curated by J.del Pesco, F. Parry, P. Uran, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarente d’Alba (CN)
Camera con vista, curated by A. Rispoli and E. Viola, PAN, Palazzo delle Arti, Naples, Villa Italia Belgrade, Centro Culturale Studentesco, Zagreb
Were, there, severe,(Thin line), curated by G. Del Vecchio, Galleria Alessandro De March, Milan
50 Lune di Saturno, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, T2 Torino triennale, Turin
Video Report Italia 2006.07, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone

2007                         
Vesuvius, curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio e Stefania Palumbo, Moderna Museet Stockholm

2004                         
Incursione Vesuviana, curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio, 50esima Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Biennale di Venezia in Campania, Mostra D’Oltremare, Naples

2001                          
Risoluzione light di Laboratorio, Casina Pompeiana, Naples
Rassegna video internazionale curated by R. Morra, Studio Morra, Naples Laboratorio, curated by Ismaele Monte di Dio, Naples

1997                           
Pour Artaud, curated by G. Perretta, Galleria Bianca Pilat, Milan
Laboratorio Politico di fine secolo, curated by G. Perretta, Teatro degli Artisti, Rome

1996                           
Pour Bataille, Dossografia del dilettantismo, curated by G. Perretta, Galleria de’ Serpenti, Teatro Politecnico, Rome
Laboratorio Politico di fine secolo curated by G. Perretta, Per Mari e Monti, Macerata

1995                           
Corto Circuito, Festival Europeo della Comunicazione audiovisiva breve, Naples
One Fax Show, Galleria Volante

1993                           
Quattro giorni a Palermo, Studio Aperto Multimediale, Naples

1990                          
Sei artisti dell’Istituto Napoletano di Cultura, Galleria Avida Dollars, Milan

1989                          
Walk don’t Walk, Antiquariat e buchlandlung an der musikhochschule, Koln
We, Galleri Sommering, Koln

1988                          
Documenta banana, Ultimate Akademie, Koln