Giovanni Longo


Giovanni Longo (born in Locri, 1985) is a sculptor and multidisciplinary artist based in Italy. He has been experimenting multiple art languages “while paying particular attention to the ‘fiction’ of language, to its capacity to condiction the narrative”. From 2005 his attention is focused on reclaimed wood with which, creating a bond between the osseous and the ligneous elements, he represents symbolic skeletons weakened by time (Fragile Skeletons). His work does not put over space but on the contrary dialogues with it through “site specific” installations. Apart from the expressive mean this young fervid artist decides to choose, we definitely can say that Contingency is the dimension he tenaciously pursue as a working method. This is distinctly shown by the recovering of wood and it is even more evident in his recent video-installations realized through the language of Java programming, and also in the peculiar set ups built in ambiguous places such as lifts, bridges or in other “transit” fields. Whatever may come out, everything is thought to re-order the elements and the concepts which slowly appears to the eye of the observer.

In a two year period, from 2009 to 2010, his works have been selected among different International Art Awards: “Arte Mondadori”, “Arte Laguna”, “Combat”, “Premio Celeste”, where he wins the first place in a row in the category: “Installation and Sculpture”/ e-voting. In 2011 he is in residence at the 54^ Biennale of Venice with an artwork showed at the Pavilion Italia/Accademie in Tese of San Cristoforo. In 2012 he participated in “Eurasia Wings Workshop” located in M50, the artistic quarter of Shanghai, where he has the opportunity to experience the accuracy and the aesthetic neatness of Chinese culture, much in contrast with the tumultuous chaos of the metropolis. Among recent international projects: Kunstenfestival Watou in Belgium, Wood Mood Valcucine in London, New York and Milan, art residence in Grasse curated by PHOS, Jeune Création Européenne biennale in France, Poland, Spain and Denmark. In 2016 the MARCA Museum of Arts Catanzaro dedicates him the first institutional solo exhibition curated by Marco Meneguzzo. After three months of residence in Paris, at the ateliers of the Montrouge cultural department, he currently works as a visual designer at the Tecnopolo Tiburtino, high tech district to the Rome area.

Giovanni Longo, Kármán Line, installation view, BoCS Art, Cosenza.
Giovanni Longo, Fragile Skeletons, exhibition view, Museo MARCA, Catanzaro.
Giovanni Longo, Middle Time, two channel video installation.
Giovanni Longo, Museum Not Found, installation view, JCE art residency, Paris.