We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2022 APE Creative Grant is Giulia Giannola !
Giulia is an Italian artist born in 1985 in Naples. After finishing her Bachelor degree in Venice (IUAV University), she moves to Berlin where she graduated as Meisterschülerin in Installation and Multimedia at the Universität der Künste (UdK), with Prof. Christiane Möbus and was guest student in artist Candice Breitz class at HBK Braunschweig. Her work draws inspiration from the observation of public/collective life situations, in which time factors such as duration and rhythm, are called into question, twisted and transformed, suggesting alternate realities. She produces staged situations, performances, and videos Recently she has started working with historical documents transforming them in digital installations. She received the Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin in 2014. Her works have been shown in Rencontres Internationales Paris Berlin-Auditorium du Louvre, Paris; “Meridian|Urban, Curatorial projects on health”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Italy in a Frame,Triennale di Milano, Milan among others.
The project for Archives Portal Europe: Archival Ghosts
Archives often have a mysterious atmosphere, with many shelves and ancient documents that tell stories of people, objects, transactions, from which it is possible to trace historical events, which makes this atmosphere very fascinating.
I had experience working in the Historical Archive of the Foundation of the Bank of Naples for a museum project, and the archivists often told me about characters they became particularly fond of during their research, or they told me that according to popular belief even ghosts inhabit these spaces.
With my project I would like to create "archival ghosts" to bring to life in an artistic way.
For the project supported by the Ape creative grant I am trying to bring to life characters or works of art of particular historical interest mentioned in archive documents.
I am going to do this making 3D holographic projections of these ancient images , to be presented during exhibitions in the archives.
For example, in the State archive of Modena, which was under the House of Este, I have seen projects of fountains, chandeliers and weapons dating from the 16th century. In the State archive of Arezzo in Tuscany, I am planning to use the image of a Cosmogony by the Italian writer and cosmographer Restoro of Arezzo, active in the 13th century, which consists of a scientific text on the composition of the world. The State archive of Arezzo is planning an exhibition together with the Biblioteca Riccardiana of Florence where they are going to show documents they preserve, and this Cosmogony is an important piece for the archive.