curated by Nicolas Janowski
Isola is the story of a sudden and unforeseen change of life. On 12 March 2020, as the pandemic spreads and the country shuts down completely, Simona Ghizzoni decides to move with her family from Rome to a small town in the Apennines near Reggio Emilia, to the house that belonged to her maternal grandparents and that would become a refuge over those alienating months. The days pass by as they decide to fix up the house and cultivate part of the land, finding themselves like castaways on an island.
The images tell the story of the relationship between the artist and her family of origin, through the reappraisal of a space full of memories and a direct relationship with nature.
Using a combination of self-portraits and documentation of everyday life, Ghizzoni recounts the life of her new family and the difficulties of raising a child in such extraordinary circumstances.
The installation presents a selection of images from her ongoing work, curated in collaboration with Nicolas Janowski.