b. 1982, Florence, Italy
Lives and works in Tenerife, Spain
Giovanni Ozzola is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, as well as video and sculptural installation. Ozzola’s practice demonstrates a deep sensitivity towards the phenomenon of light and its various physical characteristics. His main thematic interests lie in conceptualising and representing infinitude and exploration, both geographical and introspective. Ozzola’s images of vast desert landscapes and quiet seascapes are minimalist compositions, relying on a strong horizon line and carefully framed by man-made obstructions. This juxtaposed view creates an interplay between memory and a constructed space, giving his work a meditative and sublime quality.
Starting his career in 2001 as part of the group show; Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art and Life, curated by David Elliott and Pier Luigi Tazzi, at the Mori Art Museum of Tokyo in Japan; Giovanni Ozzola has since exhibited world-wide.
Most recently, Ozzola presented a solo exhibition, titled Pitch Black, which opened at the Museo Unicaja Joaquin Peinado in Ronda, Spain, on 12 July 2018. Ozzola also recently presented Mi Verdad with Su Tiempo Y Espacio- Algo Tuyo Y My, a solo exhibition at the The Unicaja Center of Culture (CUC), which ran until 9 July.
This year, Ozzola has exhibited in numerous international group shows, including: Photography on Postcards at the Photo London Fair, Somerset House, London, UK, from 17 – 20 May; Il richiamo di Cthulhu – curated by Lorenzo Benedetti and Aloisa Leopardi – at Palazzo Mazzarino in Palermo, Italy, from 14 June; and Recto Verso at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France, from 15 – 24 June.
Ozzola also exhibited in international group shows: L’universo nel recinto, appunti intorno al collezionismo in Italia – curated by Mariella Casile – in Palermo, from mid-June – 4 November; Monte Bianco – curated by Walter Guadagnini – in Skyway, Courmayer, Italy from 14 July – 15 September; and Wundermore at the MAXXI Natural Museum in Rome, Italy, which ran until 8 July 2018.
Ozzola will be featured in a group exhibition, titled PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai: Insights in Shanghai, China. Ozzola will also be presenting solo exhibitions at Sala Unicaja de Exposiciones Siglo, Málaga from 7 November 2018 – 10 January 2019, and Rutas de Sangreat Project of Heritage Rescue and Cultural Development in Old Havana, in Cuba, towards the end on November 2018.
In 2017, Ozzola presented a solo exhibition, titled Wrecks and Rooms with Stars (Italian: Relitti e camere con stelle) at the untitled Association in Berlin, Germany. His 2016 solo exhibitions include; Cercando Nella Notte Persa at Spazio9aposa in Bologna, Italy; Sistemi di Visione/Sistemi de Realtá at the Centro Espositivo per le Arti Contemporanee, San Michele Degli Scalzi (SMS) in Pisa, Italy; adrift at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre in Cape Town and SMAC Gallery in Stellenbsoch, South Africa; as well as Scars at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Previous solo exhibitions include Naufragio, curated by Ludovico Pratesi at the Centro Arti Visive Pescheria in Pesaro, Italy in 2011; Routes and Stars at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy and Castaway Depot: 41° 7’ 31’’ N 16° 52’ 0’’ E – In a Sentimental Mood at Doppelganger in Bari, Italy in 2012 and La Théorie des Comètesat at Galleria Continua in Beijing, China in 2013.
Notable group exhibitions include; On Another Scale, curated by Ricardo Sardenberg at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy in 2014 and the international touring exhibition LANDSEASKY: Revisiting Spatiality in Video, curated by Kim Manchan and presented at Artsonje Centerin Seoul, South Korea; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal in Shanghai, China; Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou, China; Griffith University Art Gallery and MAAP SPACE in Brisbane, Australia during 2014 – 2015.
In 2015, Ozzola made his South African debut with Dove Nasce Il Vento in Johannesburg. This exhibition was first shown at Gazelli Art House in London, UK. That year, he also exhibited in More Spaces at the Palazzo Pigorini in Palma, Italy; Tu Dois Changer Ta Vie, curated by Fabrice Bousteau at LILLE 3000 in Lille, France, and formed part of Follia Continua!, under direction of José- Manuel Gonçalvès, at Le Cenquatre– Paris, in Paris, France. In 2016, he partcipated in (RE) BIRTH, curated by Fabrice Bousteau for Abu Dhabi Art 2016, UAE; Teoria della nuvola/ Theory of Cloud, curated by Davide Ferri at Galleria Marcolini in Forli, Italy both in 2016; Earth and Ever After, an exhibition for the 21,39 Jeddah Art event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and ‘YOU + ME = US’ at Galleria Continua in Havana, Cuba. Among Ozzola’s awards are the Premio Cairo (2011), Premio Terna (2008) and Seat Pagine Gialle (2007).
Giovanni Ozzola is currently presenting a solo exhibition of works, titled Sala Unicaja de Exposiciones Siglo in Malaga, Spain, and will conclude on 10 January 2018.
Ozzola has an upcoming solo exhibition at Basilica Menor in Havana, Cuba, titled Ritas de Sangre, and will open on 23 November 2018.
Giovanni Ozzola will be featured in a group exhibition titled PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai: Insights in Shanghai, China. Ozzola will also be presenting solo exhibitions at Sala Unicaja de Exposiciones Siglo, Málaga from 7 November 2018 – 10 January 2019, and Rutas de Sangreat Project of Heritage Rescue and Cultural Development in Old Havana in Cuba towards the end on November 2018.