Paolo Gioli

Nature attraverso (Nature through)



Photo-finish is a technique that I began using and reinventing in the early 1970s. The traditional line-slit situated in the camera input window is replaced by a fragment of fixed image through which, still using 35mm film, a face in motion is filmed that will be in “collusion” with and deconstructed by the fixed image: the nature, precisely, filmed in the Museo Spallanzani.



Paolo Gioli (Sarzano, Rovigo, 1942) attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice starting in 1960.

In 1967 he travelled to New York, where he met gallery owners Leo Castelli and Martha Jackson. From 1970 he frequented the Cooperativa Cinema Indipendente of Rome and presented his first films, which he developed and printed himself, inspired by the cinema of the Lumière brothers. He created his first photographic works using the pinhole camera technique, but subsequently found the Polaroid to be a flexible means with which to carry on his research, also using other supports besides film, such as paper and canvas.

In the 1980s he received the first recognitions of his work with a solo exhibition at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Roma, 1981; the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 1983; and at Les Rencontres d’Arles, 1987.

His work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions: Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Roma, 1996; Galérie Michèle Chomette in Paris, 1986, 1990 and 2001; Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea di Cinisello Balsamo and Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, 2008.

He has participated in major experimental cinema events in the film festivals of New York, Toronto, and Hong Kong, and in 2015 he was one of the artists selected for the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Lendinara.


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