My name is Giuseppina, I see myself as being a perpetual event

My work has no center: it feeds on transformation. I don’t care which media I use: I rather care about their embodying a request.

Uncertainty is my field. I focus on events, gestations, germinations, chances. I study the constantly changing order of life, identities, meanings: from the omnipresence of life and coincidence to the mystery of individuals.

The freshness of the event is my time: from time of sequence to time of simultaneousness where each repetition is a process of knowledge, rumination on reality.

My goal as an artist is to welcome complexity not as mere holism, but to perceive and weave contradictions, different levels of reality, so they can echo in harmony. My aim is to reach, through my practice, an horizontal glance, in between things, among us, “To walk two roads at the same time”.

I take care of the process and I don’t force events, I go with them. This way, my works are born in my arms and in the arms of people close to me.


Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 Petri dishes, agar agar, bacteria cultures / 68 x 500 x 3 cm

Bacteria, among the first life forms appeared long ago on our planet, are the installation’s core elements.

The graphic scheme of the installation takes origin from the Central Line London tube map.

While in London, during London Summer Intensive residency by Camden Arts Centre and Slade School of Arts I took the Central Line and at each subway stop I opened a different sterilized Petri dish putting in contact the culture medium and the air (where bacteria are usually found).

The “captured” bacteria will grow and reproduce until they become visible to our eye assuming the shape of a “coloured mould”.

The shape and the colours of the dots appearing every day on the Petri dishes will be changing continuously in unpredictable ways depending on the kind of bacteria.

Time, measured as we move through the different underground stops, and at the same time, beaten by the continuous transformations happening inside the Petri dishes, is reasserting its peculiar role and the circular space where bacteria’s life unfolds is strictly related to the space of the city.

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THE WALL OF DELICACY (ode to China), 2018

Giuseppina Giordano, THE WALL OF DELICACY (ode to China), 2018 / oyster shells, glass / 250x190x60 cm

THE WALL OF DELICACY condenses the experience, sometimes tough, of the encounter with a different culture, of a meeting with other human beings.

This work was born looking at the construction methods of houses made with oyster shells in some villages in the region of Fujian, CHINA, where I lived in winter 2017.

THE WALL OF DELICACY generates a hard wave and a rhythmic movement, and at the same time gives an unusual vision of the oyster shell itself: putting them one on top of the other we can look at their profiles. The pinkish broken glass on top of the wall underlines fragility and delicacy, as in a flower.

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POLLINATION (I love you), 2018

Giuseppina Giordano, POLLINATION (I love you), 2018 / cotton candy machine, sugar, Arduino, solenoid valve, lighted sign / enviromental dimension / hardware realization by Geppetto Lab

The wire of a light blue cotton candy goes everywhere, pushed by the wind generated by a fan.

The machine is automated. The system provides for a temporal control that operates the machine at random intervals and allows the production of cotton candy.

The effect is surprising, the smell is scrumptious, the result is chaotic.

A lighted sign of the reverse sentence “I Love you”, is continuously resonating with the soft moving of the wire of the cotton candy.

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Giuseppina Giordano,OPEN MOUTH/ CLOSED MOUTH (made in CHINA), 2017/ silk covered inflatables/ 120x280x170 cm each

This couple of giant black silk made inflatables are an hybrid mix of Chinese stone lions, the guardians of the temple.Fragile, battered, their silk dress does not cover them perfectly.

The position of their mouth, open and closed, is linked to a variety of meanings throughout Asia: in China, the temple’s guardians are a female and a male, in Japan the open and closed mouth of “Komainu” refers to life and death, exhale and inhale.

In any case, they always represent a couple of opposite.

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double gaze, 2017

Giuseppina Giordano,double gaze/ photo diptych/ 73x 211 cm each

“double gaze” is a photographic diptych printed life size of two women.

In each picture a woman knots or loosens an umbilical cord depending on whether we read from right to left or from left to right.

Eve from Lucas Cranach, which was the inspirational framework for this work, becomes here a point of oscillation, something defined but not fixed in its meaning, entangling with the Chinese counterpart. Continue reading “double gaze, 2017”

HARD WAVES (Kuanyin and Virgin Mary staring at the sea), 2017

Giuseppina Giordano,HARD WAVES (Kuanyin and Virgin Mary staring at the sea), 2017/marble, Dehua porcelain, video 1:25.33 min/ installation's view

“HARD WAVES (Kuanyin and Virgin Mary staring at the sea)” simply mixes the sea waves with those of the clothes.

The statue of Kuanyin and of the Virgin Mary, that history has given us, are seen from behind and placed in such a way as to make visible the movement of their drapery: sinuous in one, straight in the other, in relation to video projection of the soft breaking of the sea waves on the beach.

Kuan yin and Virgin Mary, both embodying love and compassion of a “mother par excellence”, are considered at a first glance a meeting point between Buddhists and Christians.

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