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Gaia Adducchio

Artist

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Rome, Italy

About Gaia

After many years in the film industry, I found in photography my means of expression par excellence. From cinema, I inherited, among others, a way of approaching my work as part of a project. My images are never "single" ones but always part of a context. Despite that, though, it's important to me the result effectively also taken individually.
Also, the single projects are not disconnected from one another and from what has preceded them, even when it seems there is an essential linguistic or technical fracture between them. They are all part of one flow. This might be one reason why I can't think of a project as definitely closed, and quite often, I end up adding images even years after its actual distribution.
My approach to photography has always been one of researching. As much as I'm passionate about the photographic medium and its artisan aspect, I can concentrate on it, especially when responding to creative needs. This allowed me to gain through time both analogue and digital skills.
I like to think of my pieces of work as material individuals and, in every project, I need a physical phase during which I need to "touch" the corporality of what I'm doing.

 

In 2015/16 she won an artistic residence at the photography school, CSF Adams, in Rome, which lead to her realizing her first project, "Family Portraits", debuting during Prague Photo 2016: it gained a special mention at the first Biennale de Arte Moderna di Perugia.
"Naked:#she", her 2nd project, was shown at Prague Photo 2017; was part of Emerging Talent 2018/19; in February 2020, attends Salon Comparisons in Paris.
Her third project, "Étoiles", debuted during Prague Photo 2018. In February 2019 was shown at Salon Comparisons and in October 2019 at Salon d'Automne in Paris.
In March 2019, she realised her first solo exhibition at Kromart Gallery in Rome.
In September 2019, her second solo exhibition, "Totem", curated by the art historian Dott.ssa Beatrice Luzi took place at Art G.A.P. Gallery in Rome.
In October 2020, a selection from her latest project, "Polaroid Blooming," was part of the virtual edition of Salon d'Automne in Paris, physically been cancelled due to Covid-19.
In September 2021, the new solo exhibition "Polaroid" is scheduled at Art G.A.P. Gallery. In October of the same year, she is invited to honour the 13th Prague Photo edition.

Artist Statement

I want to be part of an international community of artists. I think it’s important not to be isolated in such a peculiar moment of history. Also, through a worldwide perception of art, I can try to understand better the urges and deep meanings of the artistic expression of my time.

Showcasing Art

Naked- #She n.9

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Naked: #She n.9

2016

Analogue photographs printed on baryta paper, accompanied by passe-partout

30 x 40

Available for Acquisition. Contact info@artisteculture for more information

About the Artwork

"Naked: #she" arises from the acute awareness of everyone's mortality, in an attempt to exorcise a thought from which it is difficult to free oneself. My goal as an author is to make tangible, materialize an unconscious, almost dreamlike perception of reality.

Among the means of expression, photography is the one that most strongly experiences the contradiction of an absolute coexistence between the overcoming of death and its attestation, thus becoming its emblem.

The project was born to investigate this contradiction. I liked to explore, with an aesthetic that refers to a memory of death, the body as an agent of life and therefore also of eroticism. The subjects, exclusively female, without their clothes, always wear masks that preserve their identity and emphasize their archetypal function. During the photo sessions, they play with the idea of ​​sensuality, pornography, grace, femininity, motherhood, and often subvert its limits and definitions.

The photos, exclusively analog, the result of double exposures at the time of the shooting, are presented with their defects (scratches, imprecise overlays, dark stripes, etc.) precisely to emphasize the corporeality, the uniqueness of every single frame, unrepeatable and subject to rules of the case as well as the life of each individual.