Giovanni Scotti

BIO ITA

Nasco a Napoli nel 1978.

Fin dall’infanzia appassionato del disegno, costruisco una parentesi formativa eterogenea che mi porta al diploma di maturità alla scuola alberghiera prima, per iscrivermi poi all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, dove mi laureo con lode nel 2007. La poliedricità mi ha spinto negli anni ad approfondire e sperimentare diversi mezzi espressivi, dalla pittura alla musica, per dedicarmi poi in maniera attenta al video making ma principalmente alla fotografia. Nel 2008 ottengo una borsa di studio e l’anno successivo conseguo il Master in Photography & Visual Design alla NABA di Milano.

Collaboro come disegnatore, illustratore e fotografo a progetti discografici ed editoriali. Intanto partecipo ad alcune residenze in Italia e all’estero. Tra il 2014/16 vengo selezionato al Festival Photissima “Time Out”, espongo nell’ambito del Festival di Fotografia Europea di Reggio Emilia ed entro nella collezione Imago Mundi Campania.

La mia ricerca artistica sulla post-verità e le sue implicazioni mi ha portato l’8 settembre 2016 a mettere in vendita su Ebay un mio negativo per 8.000.000 di euro, destando l’attenzione della stampa nazionale ed internazionale. Nel 2017 il volume fotografico La città del disincanto viene presentato al museo MADRE di Napoli. Nel 2018 partecipo alla Triennale #6 Photographie et Architecture in Belgio, in collaborazione con il Museo della Fotografia di Charleroi - Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea della Federazione Vallonia-Bruxelles, e vengo selezionato tra gli autori della prima Open Call del Getxo International Image Festival in Spagna. Nel 2019 il progetto "Cinnamon Heart: Classified" è stato selezionato per Sustainable Art Projects Caught on Video, in occasione della conferenza EDRA50 Brooklyn – Sustainable Urban Environments alla NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Attualmente lavoro ai miei progetti personali e come fotografo.

Vivo e lavoro tra Napoli e Milano.

BIO ENG

I was born in Naples (Italy) in 1978.

Fond of drawing from the childhood, I built an eclectic training interlude that brought me to the hotel school diploma at first, and then to enroll in Naples Academy of Fine Arts, where I graduated with honors in 2007. Versatility led me over the years to deepen and experiment with different means of expression, from painting to music, up to dedicate myself seriously to video making but mainly to photography. In 2008 I won a scholarship and the following year I got the Master in Photography & Visual Design at NABA in Milan.

I collaborated as a draftsman, illustrator and photographer in recording and publishing projects. Meanwhile, I took part in a number of residencies in Italy and abroad. Between 2014 and 2016 I was selected for the Festival Photissima "Time Out", I exhibited at the Festival di Fotografia Europea of Reggio Emilia, and I was selected for the Imago Mundi Collection.

My artistic research on post-truth and its implications led me, on 8 September 2016, to put on sale on Ebay one of my negatives at the price of 8,000,000 euros, attracting the attention of the national and international press. In 2017 the photobook La città del disincanto ("The City of Disillusion") was presented at MADRE Contemporary Art Museum in Naples. In 2018 I took part in the Triennale #6 Photography and Architecture in Belgium, in collaboration with the Museum of Photography in Charleroi - Centre d’art contemporain de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, and I was selected as one of the authors of the Getxo International Image Festival first Open Call in Spain. In May 2019 "Cinnamon Heart: Classified" project was selected for Sustainable Art Projects Caught on Video, on the occasion of the conference EDRA50 Brooklyn – Sustainable Urban Environments at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Currently, I work on my personal projects and as photographer.

I live in Italy, between Naples and Milan.

STATEMENT

I work with photography and installations.

Photography allows me to fill in the gaps between what is and what was, to discover new worlds by exploring old ones. I focus my attention on locations that have either been abandoned or are otherwise absent of humanity. Removing all signs of life from the equation gives me the freedom to reflect not only on the settings I photograph, but also on my deep personal responses to those settings and what they represent to me. More than a quest for historical accuracy, my work presents me with opportunities to imagine what might have happened, both within historical contexts and within my own mind.

All of my photographs are taken with traditional film and make use only of available natural light. Nothing is artificial. To me, this reveals the fundamental relationships between present and past, without filters, digital manipulation, commentaries or any other forms of outside intervention. In a sense, I create blank slates with no interference, portraying these places with complete honesty as I see them, including their dreamlike overtones. While minimizing attempts to influence viewers' opinions, reactions or emotions, I still leave them the options to add their memories and imaginations to the mix. My goal is for others to experience and reflect on the significance and meanings of their surroundings, no matter where they may find themselves, in ways that they perhaps have never experienced or imagined before.