Andrea Galvani


Andrea Galvani © 2009/2010, Higgs Ocean #7 C-print mounted on aluminum dibond 100 x 146 cm // 47.2 x 57.5 inches framed. Courtesy of the artist, Meulensteen Gallery New York and Artericambi Italy

Andrea Galvani © 2009/2010, Higgs Ocean #7
C-print mounted on aluminum dibond 100 x 146 cm // 47.2 x 57.5 inches framed.
Courtesy of the artist, Meulensteen Gallery New York and Artericambi Italy

Higgs Ocean

curated by Marinella Paderni

times and locations

Chiostri di San Pietro
via Emilia San Pietro, 44/c
42121 Reggio Emilia

friday 3rd may open from 6.30 pm to midnight; saturday 4th and sunday 5th may from 10 am to midnight; from 6th may to 16th june open on friday from 7 pm to 11 pm; saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, sunday from 10 am to 9 pm


“Once it has pierced through the sky and gone through the last layer of the atmosphere, unobstructed light is able to travel infinitely, to the farthest reaches of space.”

This statement opens Higgs Ocean by Andrea Galvani, a project that represented Italy and the United States at the 2011 Moscow Biennale and which is now exhibited for the first time in this format in a public Italian space. The artist worked for four months in collaboration with Russian engineers and a Canadian foundation, crossing the frigid Arctic Ocean aboard a sailboat technologically equipped for polar navigation along with two scientists and a crew of 16 people.
This photographic series documents work carried out by Galvani in the urban setting of New York City and off the Svalbard islands in Norway. The experiments involved using acoustics and physics to make preparatory studies for an operation in which the natural energy of the sun (collected by solar panels hoisted on board) was converted by military technologies into a very high-intensity light beam used to pierce the sky and Earth’s ionosphere itself, projecting a white line of light outside the planet. The light memory collected along the artist’s Arctic trip was then physically returned to the universe, reconstructing a sort of conceptually infinite ring.
Each photograph in this sequence captures a single moment of the transfer of a flow of energy, a segment of a line that extends into the unknown and which is the simulacrum of a continuous process.

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Andrea Galvani (born in Verona 1973. Lives and works in New York), has been working for over ten years on reflections of a conceptual nature on the status of images. His research primarily involves the photographic medium but also draws from other disciplines and often assumes scientific aspects and methodologies.
His work explores the great themes of existence and his documentations are records of violent actions or, conversely, extremely fragile and temporary installations, experiments, and enigmatic drawings that seem to dig tunnels under the fabric of experience.
Galvani’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and institutional spaces around the world, including the Whitney Museum in New York, the Contemporary Art Biennale in Moscow, the Biennale of Poznan, in Poland, the Aperture Foundation (New York), the Calder Foundation (New York), Central Utah Art Center (Ephraim, UT, USA), MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Trento), Macro Museum (Roma), GAMeC (Bergamo), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Oslo Plads (Copenaghen), and the Unicredit Pavilion (Bucharest). He was Visiting Artist at New York University in 2010, was awarded the New York Exposure Prize and was nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2011.
His many international experiences include participation in the Location One International Artist Residency Program in New York (2008), LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009), and the MIA Artist Space / Columbia University Department of Fine Arts (2010). From 2006 to 2009, Galvani taught Photographic Language and History of Contemporary Photography at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo, Italy. Since 2010 he has collaborated with AMS Advanced Media Studio of the Department of Visual Art of New York University and with the International Centre of Photography (ICP) in New York.