The Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea is pleased to present Rischi minori (Minor Risks), Giulia Piscitelli’s first exhibition in Rome and her most comprehensive to date. Curated by Stefano Chiodi, the show includes a vast selection of artworks which testify to one of the most original artistic practices in recent years.
Piscitelli directs an acute and often unpredictable gaze on contemporaneity, through the exploration of both the individual and collective everyday. The artist brings to the fore grotesque and paradoxical traits through a sharp yet melancholic sense of humour coupled with a strong sense of irony. Using a wide range of media, Piscitelli time and again operates with both the objectivity of the ethnologist and the empathetic participation of a privileged witness. The marginal areas of cities and their industrial outskirts become the ideal stage for her research, focusing on a dispersed and confused humanity, on its contradictory vivacity, which with its tics, obsessions and fragmented existential routine appears to incarnate a common condition of today.
The exhibition includes installations, video projections, photography, “paintings”, and works on paper, in which themes dear to the imagination of the artist recur: the contrast between fragility and resistance, the spheres of work and the body, myths of money and power, friction between the political dimension and subjectivity, the intrigue of time and memory. The entirety of Rischi minori includes the complex installation, Protocollo, focused on the trauma of illness “disassembled” to its mental and physical components; a series of work uniforms coated in latex to the point of being transformed into now unusable “objects”; a selection of videos spanning the last two decades in which the artist turns her attention to the domestic sphere and the psychic dimension through images that correspond to devices of re-awareness; mental machines whose task is to make visible traumas and conflicts; concluding with Neopolitan Windows: abstract reconfigurations of windows observed around her home town of Naples. With Rischi minori Giulia Piscitelli offers a comprehensive frame for the complex facets of her work, with all the measure of its force and authenticity.