The poetics of Maria Giovanna’s work is that of existence as bodily and sensual exposure. Her approach to representation, characterized by close-range perspectives, recalls the tactile sense. The absence of physiognomic characteristics shifts the viewer’s focus from individual identity to intersubjective relationship, and throws us in a carnal dimension, where matter results at the same time intimate and impersonal. The dichotomous model which is inherent to the sexual act is transformed, chasing the utopia of a romanticism which is such, as it exists for its own sake .
Reality is interpreted as relational complexity. The belly, visual fulcrum suspended between the head and the
genital area, becomes the symbolic center which is at the same time carnal and spiritual.
The choice of abundant human shapes is a luxury, as meant by George Battaille. It is also, perhaps, a rebuttal to the dominant aesthetic, which promotes fit and aseptic standards that are nothing but the maudlin allegory of the strive for transcendence and the detachment from the earthly good and the sacred ancestral references. The stylistic search appears, eventually, as an introspective path that aims at investigating the relationships between animal and anthropic nature.
And so, like those who look for the face of Christ on a slice of toast, I find myself searching in the bodies (among the folds of skin or bunches of hair) the Holy Shroud of a carnal spirituality, the romantic and consciously hopeless struggle of naughty people, the love within the surface… The squaring the bellybutton … I wonder for a moment if Jesus would have preferred to be covered in cheese or jam, and then it all disappears under a double stuffing.
Master in Painting & Contemporary Art at “The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia” (Italy)
2013 – 2015:
Graduate in Painting & Contemporary Art at “The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia” (Italy)
EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOP RESIDENCY
Residency at the MACC foundation of Calasetta (Cl)
Guwati reserch program: artistic residence in Assam (India) curated by Microclima (VE)
Live Painting during the project IN-EDITA, DEDALO – something Happens, guest artists at work.
Renovation: group exhibition at Marina Bastianello gallery (Venice, Mestre)
ArtVerona fair, with the Marina Bastianello gallery.
Tutti non ci sono: group exhibition curated by Milena Becci and Leonardo Regano, Traffic gallery, Bergamo.
Opera Prima, group exhibition curated by Riccardo Caldura and Paola Bristot, Dumbo Docks, Marghera (VE)
Arteam Cup 2018: group exhibition curated by Livia Savorelli and Matteo Galbiati, Winner of the Special Prize Vanillaedizioni at the Dino Zoli Foundation in Forli (FC)
Workshop Atelier F. International painting and drawing workshop curated by Carlo di Raco and Martino Scavezzon, shed n. 35, Forte Marghera (VE)
Force Construction: Performer for “Stomach it” artist’s menu by Taus Makacheva, V-A-C Foundation,” Venice Biennale, collateral event, Palazzo delle Zattere (VE)
Workshop Liver Vervo (Trento)
ll vizio di dipingere: group exhibition curated by a Piero Casentini, Palazzo Fogazzaro, Schio (VI)
Workshop Atelier F. International painting and drawing workshop curated by Carlo di Raco and MartinoScavezzon, shed n. 35, Forte Magrhera (VE)
Art Night, ‘Conosci i tuoi Polli’ (photographic project) Collective Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Venice
Adriatica la via dell’arte, international group exhibition curated by Francesco Ruggero and Kristina Milakovich, Antichi Forni Museum, Macerata