08 Prato Giovanni Ozzola

Light permeates our existence and, though intangible, it nevertheless exercises a crucial influence on our way of seeing and perceiving the world. Giovanni Ozzola uses photography and video to capture the immediacy of light in its infinite possibilities: diaphanous and blinding, murky and tactile. All of the photographic work that he has produced over a decade evinces a deep sensitivity towards the phenomenon of light, observed and studied with an approach that borders on the scientific. Refraction, glare and darkness are present in every image in an attempt to pin down a fluctuating sensation and to capture the sense of time as it appears for a mere instant to slow down.

Landscapes where the fog acts as a fully-fledged filtre for the onlooker's gaze (fog – island – spring), rooms pervaded by a single colour that predominates over all other hues (camera rossa [Red Room]), or nighttime shots where the light of the moon and the light of torches merge as they split the dark (omnia munda mundis): all of these underscore the artist's keen observation of a world made of visions on the point of vanishing, captured as they flash by, highlighted in their fleeting essence – short moments in which man finally manages to perceive reality, enchanted by what is revealed to him for a brief instant (early morning).

The subject matter portrayed reveals a keenness of observation that transcends the event itself; each image is the medium that light uses to reveal its very essence, repositioning itself time and again in its role as the leading player in the picture. Over the years Ozzola has also turned to the use of video as a natural extension of the potential of photography. While we had already begun to perceive a single, continuous vision in his series of photographic triptychs, his moving images awaken in us a sensation of the infinite which never ceases to live.

Giovanni Ozzola was born in Florence in 1982. He currently divides his time between Prato and Paris. After spending several years in London, he returned to Italy in 2001 and began to pursue the artistic career that was to lead him to take part in 2001 in the exhibition entitled "Happiness. A Survival Guide for Art and Life curated by David Elliott and Pier Luigi Tazzi at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Since then, he has focused on light as the raw material for formulating his own personal vision. Defining his work as revolving around his interest in three-dimensional space and in light, he pursues research into the mental image and essence of his subject matter. Numerous venues both in Italy and overseas have hosted exhibitions of Giovanni Ozzola's work, including: On the Edge, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul; MART, Rovereto; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Le Moulin; Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena; MAN Museo d’Arte, Nuoro; Museo Pecci, Prato; Mori Museum, Tokyo; Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento; Waseda University,Tokyo, Japan; Centre d'Art Bastille, Grenoble, France; Schunck-Glaspaleis, Herleen, The Netherlands; Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria; GC.AC, Monfalcone, Italy; ViaFarini DOCVA, Milano, Italy.




Address: Via delle Girandole, 14b (trav. di Via dell'Abbaco)

How to get there: Take blue LAM bus from Prato central train station, bound for Nenni; alight at Via Genova