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Born in 1982 in Florence, Giovanni Ozzola lives and works in Canary Islands. He is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, as well as video and sculptural installation. Ozzola’s practice demonstrates a deep sensitivity towards the phenomenon of light and its various physical characteristics. His main thematic interests lie in conceptualising and representing infinitude and exploration, both geographical and introspective. A selection of his most recent solo shows includes “If I Had to Explain, You Wouldn't Understand” (Fosun Foundation Shanghai, 2019); “Algo Tuyo y Mío” (Centro Foundacion UNICAJA, Malaga 2018 and Almeria 2019); “Rutas de Sangre” (Claustros del convento de San Francisco de Asis, Basilica Menor, Havana, 2018); "Relitti e camere con stelle", curated by Davide Ferri (Untitled Association- Lynchen, Berlin, 2017); “Adrift” (District 6 Museum, Cape Town, 2016). Among the most recent group shows, “Kronos e Kairos” (Foro Romano e Palatino, Parco Archeologico del Colosseo, Rome, 2019); “Recto Verso” (Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2018); “Insights” (Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, 2018); "Sculpture Projects Pingyao" (Pingyao Diesel Engine Site, Shanghai, 2018); “Mostra Premio Cairo” (Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2017); “LANDSEASKY: Revisiting Spatiality in Video Art”, curated by Kim Machan (tour exhibition: MAAP, Seoul, 2014). 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Octillion, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

The Lake of the Unknown, curated by Shen Qilan, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA

Sin Tiempo, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, Boissy le Chatel, FR

Me Myself and I, Sky Arte - Artissima - Galleria Cracco, Milano, IT

If I Had to Explain, You Wouldn't Understand, Fosun Foundation Shanghai, CN

Algo Tuyo y Mío, Centro Foundacion UNICAJA de Almeria, Almeria, ES

1982, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

Khymeia, Moi & Toi, Carougem Geneve, CH

2018

Rutas de Sangre, Claustros del convento de San Francisco de Asis, Basilica Menor, Havana, Cu

Algo tuyo y mio, Sala unicaja de exposiciones siglo, Malaga, ES

Scars, Galleria Continua in collaboration with Untitled-Association, Flashback, Torino, IT

Mi Verdad, Con Su Tiempo Y Espacio — Algo Tuyo Y Mío, Museo Unicaja Joaquin Peinado, Ronda, ES

Mi Verdad Con Su Tiempo Y Espacio – Algo Tuyo Y Mío, Fundacion Unicaja, Centro Museal Unicaja De Cultura, Antequera, ES

Vanitas, Rotary Waregem, Claessens Canvas, Waregem, BE

2017

Fallen Blossoms - Whispering, Galleria Continua, 798, Beijing, CN

Relitti e camere con stelle, curated by Davide Ferri, Untitled Association- Lynchen, Berlin, DE

Mirage, Suburbia Contemporary Cultures, Granada, ES

2016

Scars, Smac Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

Giovanni Ozzola, Smac Gallery, Stellenbosch, ZA

Cercando nella notte persa, Spazio 9Aposa, Bologna, IT

Adrift, District 6 Museum, Cape Town, ZA

Sistemi di realtà, curated by Ilaria Mariotti, Sms, Pisa, IT

2015

Soul and Metal, 313 Art Project, Seoul, KR

Giovanni Ozzola, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA

Dove nasce il vento, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2013

La Théorie des Cometes, Galleria Continua, Beijing, CN

Giovanni Ozzola, Gazelli Art House, Baku, AZ

2012

Routes and Stars, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

Geografie della Mente, Società Geografica Italiana, Villa Celimontana, Rome, IT

Castaway Depot: 41° 7’ 31’’ N 16° 52’ 0’’ E – In a Sentimental Mood, Doppelganger, Bari, IT

Genealogia #2, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Galleria FuoriCampo, Siena, IT

2011

Naufragio, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, IT

Settecento, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

Vena, Cecchi Arte, Cantine Cecchi, Castellina in Chianti, IT

2010

On the Edge, curated by Elena Forin, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, TR

2009

Recollection in Time, curated by Marco Nember, A3M Brixia bv, Amsterdam, NL

Rencontres lors d’une promenade nocturne, curated by Florian Matzner and Alberto Salvadori, Villa Bardini, Florence, IT

Giovanni Ozzola, curated by Elisa del Prete, Fabio Tiboni Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, IT

After the Rain, curated by Ines Musumeci Greco, Loto Arte, Rome, IT

2008

Giovanni Ozzola - video works, curated by Michiyo Miyake, Waseda University of Tokyo, Department of Arts and letters, Tokyo, JP

Light, Special Project for Leon Bianco, Pisa, IT

Omnia Munda Mundis, Special Project for Castello di Ama, Gaiole in Chianti, IT

2007

Twice / Hold me Tight I’m in Love of It, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Viper Theatre, Florence, IT

Giovanni Ozzola, Sala della Palazzina di Forte Belvedere, Florence, IT

Art First, Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, IT

2006

In a Sentimental Mood, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

2004

Giovanni Ozzola, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, IT

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Documenta 2020 Windows in Pandemic, curated by Su Dan, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, CN

One Water Art World, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, CN

2019

15 Artists X 15 Years in China, Galleria Continua, Beijing, CN

A COLLECTION, Palazzo Barolo, Fabbrica Lenta di Molvena, Torino, IT

Objectif Vidéo, Nice Festival, Camera Camera, OVNi curated by Christian Bernard and Odile Redolfi, Hotel Windsor, Nice, FR

Perno 2, Castello di Perno, Cuneo, IT

CAMOUFLAGED PEARLS #2, Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem, BE

La Potenza dell’Arte Contemporanea, Pinacoteca, Potenza, IT

Contemporanee/Contemporanei, Agi Collection, Verona University, Verona, IT

20×15, Opere su carta per l’Archivio storico Magnani, Archivio storico Magnani di Pescia, IT

Kronos e Kairos, Archaeological Park of Colosseum, The Palatine – DomusAurea, Rome, IT

Do ut do, Archaeological Park of Pompei, Pompei, IT

2018

Monte Bianco, Curated By Walter Guadagnini, Skyway, Courmayer, IT

Sculpture Projects Pingyao, Pingyao Diesel Engine Site, Shanghai, CN

Recto Verso, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR

Il Richiamo Di Cthulhu, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, Palazzo Mazzarino, Manifesta12, Palermo, IT

Wundermore, Moremuseum, Maxxi – Museo Nazionale, Roma, IT

Medio Acqua, Base Sous-Marine,Bordeaux, FR

Insights, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, CN

Art And Solidarity – Arte X Wine = Water, How Museum, Shanghai, CN

2017

Fumo, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, Macro, Rome, IT

Spheres Ensamble, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Paris, FR

The Approch, Gazelli Art House, Baku, AZ

Mostra Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT

Talent Prize decennale, Macro, Rome, IT

2016

Re-Birth, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Teoria della Nuvola, curated by Davide Ferri, Galleria Marcolini, Forlì, IT

L’armonia del bianco, Les Maison de Judith, Courmayeur (AO), IT

The Earth and Ever After, Sac, Jeddah, SA

You + Me= US, Galleria Continua, La Habana, CU

2015

Cinema Fausto – Y se hizo la luz, Galleria Continua Prado y Colon, Habana Vieja, CU

The Approach, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

More Spaces, Palazzo Pigorini, Parma, IT

Follia Continua!, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Paris, FR

Tu dois changer ta vie, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, Lille 3000, Lille, FR

LANDSEASKY: Revisiting Spatiality in Video Art, curated by Kim Manchan, Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Adam, Scicli, IT

2014

On Another Scale, curated by Ricardo Sardenberg, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

Geografie, curated by Alexandra Gracco Kopp and Giulia Giovanardi, Festival Attraversamenti, Ostuni, IT

Scenario di Terra, Mart, Rovereto (TN), IT

Italianische Kunst Heute, Fondation VAF, Stadtgalerie, Kiel, DE

LANDSEASKY: Revisiting Spatiality in Video Art, tour exhibition: MAAP, Seoul, KR

OCT Contemporary Art, Terminal, Shanghai, CN

MAAP Space, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, AU

Posizioni attuali dell’arte italiana, premio artistico Fondazione VAF - VI edition, Schaufler Foundation – Schauwerk Sindelfingen / Stadtgalerie Kiel, DE, Palazzo Penna, Perugia, IT

2013

Paraphernalia, De Garage, Cultuurcentrum, Mechelen, BE

Giovanni Ozzola's Art Factory Workshop, Dynamo Camp, San Marcello Pistoiese, IT

Der Blitz. Il/Naturale, Galleria Civica G. Segantini, Arco, IT

Quartiers d'été de la collection Bernard Magrez, La Villa, Les Roches Brunes, Dinard, FR

Un luogo aperto, Galleria D'arte Moderna e Contemporanea Raffaele De Grada, San Gimignano, IT

Rêves de Venise, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, FR

Acqua. Arte Contemporanea, Historical Greenhouses (Balestri, Cioncolini, Trenti), Montevarchi, IT

Past Forward. Conservare Memoria-Produrre Realtà, Cav - Centro Arti Visive Di Pietrasanta, IT

Pen to Paper, Al Madad Foundation - Athr Gallery, Jeddah, SA

Incontro, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Capannori, IT

Premio artisti Frescobaldi, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, IT

2012

Osservazione della natura in stato di quiete. L'opera tra aura e condivisione, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, IT

Italians Do It Better, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

ElementS, LU MI Project, Palazzo Montoro, Rome, IT

Rapporto confidenziale, Museo Pecci Milano, Milan, IT

Cartabianca Firenze, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova, IT

Officina Italia 2. Nuova creatività italiana, CRAB Centro Ricerca Accademia di Brera - Ex chiesa di San Carpoforo, Milan, IT

2011

12° Premio Cairo, Museo della Permanente, Milan, IT

It Never Happens Again, Galleria Continua, Beijing, CN

Talenti emergenti, CCCS – Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, IT

Dove finisce il destino? Alogicità dell’esistenza, Teatro Valle, Rome, IT

Arte e Movimento: Visioni Urbane, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Audi Zentrum, Rome, IT

Moving, Dryphoto, Prato, IT

Nuova creatività italiana (Officina Italia 2), Centro Civico Baraccano, Bologna, IT

ALT, Arte Lavoro e Territorio, Alzano Lombardo, IT

Disappearance, curated by Gaia Serena Simionati, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE

Il giardino segreto, Museo Archeologico di Santa Scolastica, Bari, IT

Fotografabilly, Anna Clemente Interior Designer – Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea, Naples, IT

Meriggio a Carignano, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Villa il Console, Carignano (TO), IT

2010

Sphère, Galleria Continua/Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, FR

Talent prize 2010, curated by Nicoletta Zanelli, Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome, IT

Made in Filandia, special project, La Filanda, Pieve a Presciano, IT

Linguaggi e sperimentazioni, MART, Rovereto, IT

China Purple, No Soul For Sale, ViaFarini DOCVA, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall Bridge, London, UK

A World within the World – Un Mondo dentro il Mondo, curated by Julia Trolp, Milan, IT

Niente da vedere tutto da vivere, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Istituto del Marmo Pietro Tacca, Carrara, IT

L’unico / The Only One, Studio Tommaseo, Trieste, IT

Very Late at Night, Neon>Campobase, Bologna, IT

8 minuti dal sole, 1 minuto dalla luna, curated by Alessandro Romanini, LU.C.C.A, Lucca, IT

2009

Sensibili Energie, curated by Alberto Salvadori, GCAMC, Arezzo, IT

The Difference, curated by Vincent Verlè, Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble, FR

La fioritura del bambù, ViaFarini, Milan, IT

Il cielo in una stanza, curated by Andrea Bruciati, GC.AC, Monfalcone, IT

P.T 01, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

Rites de passage, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Schunck-Glaspaleis, Herleen, NL

Spheres, Galleria Continua/Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, FR

Espansione (mobile), curated by Marta Casati, Neon>Campobase, Bologna, IT

Loop, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Neon>Campobase, Bologna, IT

2008

Badboys, Bande e Tribù della Città Contemporanea, project by Pietro Gaglianò, Parco e Castello dell’Acciaiolo, Scandicci, IT

Arrivi e Partenze. Italia. Artisti al di sotto dei 35 anni, curated by Alberto Fiz e Walter Gasperoni, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, IT

Italiani in vacanza, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, IT

P.T 01, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, IT

Paesaggio Italiano, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, IT

Zoom Arte, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Teatro Studio Scandicci, Florence, IT

Eppi femili, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Teatro Studio Scandicci, Florence, IT

U30 video arte, curated by Camilla Toschi and Leonardo Bigazzi, Florence, IT

Italian Genius Now, Museo Pecci, Seoul, KR, Tokyo, JP, Taipei, CN, New Delhi, IND

2007

Francesco Ozzola – Giovanni Ozzola, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Quarter Relocated, Florence, IT

Elisabeth Aro - Giovanni Ozzola, Spazio Punctum, Rome, IT

2006

Scirocco, curated by William Meusburger, nominator Pier Luigi Tazzi e Antonio Catelani, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, AU

2005

Gemine Muse, curated by Stefano Pezzato, Museo di Pittura Murale San Domenico, Prato, IT

Guardami, Percezione del video, curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, IT

In-visibile in-corporeo, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, MAN Museo d’Arte, Nuoro, IT

Videodrome, video immagine realtà, curated by Matteo Chini, Elettro, Florence / Museo Laboratorio, Città S.Angelo, IT

2004

Museo Pecci Progetto Collezione, curated by Daniel Soutif e Samuel-Fuyumi Namioka, project room, Museo Pecci, Prato, IT

Uscita Pistoia, curated by Samuel Fuyumi Namioka, Pistoia, IT

2003

Happiness. A survival guide for art and life, curated by David Elliott e Pier Luigi Tazzi, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP

Let's Give a Chance, BASE - progetti per l’arte, Florence, IT

Working Insider, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Stazione Leopolda, Spazio Alcatraz, Florence, IT

2002

Soirées, project by Pier Luigi Tazzi, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Pelago (FI), IT

Spread in Prato, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Dryphoto, Prato, IT

Via Pal, Il confine delle notti, curated by Fabio Cavallucci, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, IT

Stop-Videoplace, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Parterre, Florence, IT

House Party, project by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Blodot, Florence, IT

2001

Networking, curated by Bruno Corà, Sergio Risaliti e Pier Luigi Tazzi, Monsummano Terme (PT), Livorno, Prato, Siena, IT

Faces in Places, Galleria Biagiotti, Florence, IT

Rotte metropolitane 3, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Studio Cassiopea, Florence, IT

2000

Finale di Partita. Endgame. Fin de partie, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Florence, IT

1999

Idee che cambiano le cose dell’arte, La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence, IT

First, Studio Marangoni, Florence, IT

Lectures

2017

Light and Darkness, CAFA China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Perception and Awarness, La Camara, San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain

2014

Sometimes You Can See Much More, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Shanghai, China

2013

Stars and Others Lights, Dynamo Camp, Limestre, San Marcello Pistoiese (PT), Italy

2012

Color Constancy, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy

2011

The Perfume of Light, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy

Open Studio, CCCS – Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

Works, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy

2009

Applicazioni digitali, Accademia Belle Arti, Venezia, Italy

2008

Desire, i nostri desideri, Officina Giovani, Prato, Italy

2007

Experience-Observation-Immagination, incontri con gli studenti degli Istituti

Superiori, Department for Youth Policy, Pistoia, Italy

2005

f/0.8 Foto, video e singolarità ottiche da un workshop di Giovanni Ozzola, Officina Giovani, Prato, Department for Youth Policy, Prato, Italy

Awards

2011

Premio Cairo

2010

Primo Talent Prize

2008

Premio Terna per l’ Arte Contemporanea, Categoria Gigawatt

2007

Seat Pagine Gialle, Regione Toscana 

Solo catalogues

'Giovanni Ozzola. Fallen Blossom', Gli Ori, Pistoia, 2018. Texts by Yao Chien, Naomi Cooperman, Elisa Del Prete, Carlo Falciani, Abel Ferrara, Davide Ferri, Antony Gormley, Koo Jeong A, Benji Liebmann, Kim Machan, Ilaria Mariotti, Florian Matzner, Diva Moriani, Sean O'Toole, Ludovico Pratesi, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Zhou Tong

'Giovanni Ozzola. Dove nasce il vento', Gazelli Art House, London, 2015

'Giovanni Ozzola. Castaway depot: 41° 7’ 31”n 16° 52’ 0” E - In a Sentimental Mood', Doppelganger, Bari, / Sagraf, Capurso, Italy, 2012. Texts by Vittorio Parisi, Andrea Parolini, Ludovico Pratesi

'Genealogia #2', Galleria FuoriCampo, Siena, 2012. Texts by Jacopo Figura, Ludovico Pratesi, Giovanni Ozzola, Remo Salvadori

'Giovanni Ozzola. Naufragio', Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro / Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2011. Text by Ludovico Pratesi

'Giovanni Ozzola. On the Edge', Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art Istanbul, 2010. Texts by Sevda Elgiz, Elena Forin, David Shah

'Giovanni Ozzola. Skip_Intro', Shin production, Brescia, 2009. Texts by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Elisa del Prete

'Giovanni Ozzola. Recontres lors d’une promenade nocturne', Gli Ori, Pistoia, 2009. Texts by Florian Matzner, Alberto Salvadori

'Giovanni Ozzola. Looking for Adventures in a Blue Planet', Gli Ori, Prato, 2004. Text by Pier Luigi Tazzi

Group catalogues

'Che il vero possa confutare il falso', Agi Verona Collection, Silvana editoriale, Milan, 2016

'A New Tradition, Gazelli Art House, Cultureshock Media Limited, London, 2015

'Landseasky – Revisiting spatiality in video art', MAAP, Shanghai 2015

'Osservazione della natura in stato di quiete. L’opera tra aura e condivisione', Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2012. Text by Paola Bortolotti

'Talenti emergenti', CCCS - Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2011. Texts by Luca Massimo Barbero, Chiara Bertola, Andrea Bruciati, Giacinto di Pietrantonio

'Isola Isole Insulae, Assab/One', Milan, 2011. Text by Remo Salvadori

'Al-Ghaib. Aesthetic of the disappearance', Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba-Sharjah, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2011. Text by Gaia Serena Simionati

'Il cielo in una stanza. Per un’osservazione eccentrica del paesaggio', Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone / Poligrafiche San Marco, Cormons 2010. Texts by Andrea Bruciati, DavideTomaiuolo, Francesco Zanot

'Rites de passage', Schunck-Glaspaleis, Heerlen, 2009. Texts by Andrea Croã, Patricia Van den Ende, Jos Frusch, Fred Geelen, lene ter Haar, Stijn Huijts, Rich Jacobs, Caroline Langen, Ad Maarschalkerweerd, Ton van Mastrigt, Janneke Peters, Femke Smeets, Karin Theunissen, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Peter Weinstock 

'Scirocco', Kunstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria / Gli Ori, Prato, 2006. Texts by Antonio Catelani, Wilhelm Meusburger, Pier Luigi Tazzi

(In)visibile (In)cor poreo, Man Museo d’Arte, Nuoro, 2005. Text by Pier Luigi Tazzi

'Guardami, percezione del video', Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena / Gli Ori, Prato, 2005. Texts by Francesco Bernardelli, Lorenzo Fusi, Pietro Montani

'Happiness. A Survival Guide for Art and Life', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / Nissha Printing, Kyoto, 2003. Texts by David Elliott, Pier Luigi Tazzi

'Finale di partita. Endgame. Fin de partie', Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, 2001. Text by Pier Luigi Tazzi

Residences

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

Institute Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France

Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa