Michele Ciacciofera

Biography


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Born in Nuoro, Sardegna (Italy), 1969, Ciacciofera moved to Palermo, Sicily (Italy) where he grew up and at university graduated in Political Science. Afterwards, he returned to his native Island for an apprenticeship with the painter and architect G.A. Sulas. He has since then lived and worked in Siracusa (Sicily) before moving to Paris where he now lives and works since 2011.

Ciacciofera has always been invested in the relationship between human existence and the natural world. Using a variety of artistic approaches, including sculpture, painting, drawing, sound, installation, video and theater, he freely combines media and methods in his exploration of anthropology, nature, history, mythology, politic, and humanity.

In 2017 in The Density of the Transparent Wind, he used sound to interrogate the Mediterranean, tracing ways in which it defines and shapes human experiences, borders and social lives.

His 2016 installation Janas Code,  incorporates old tables, tapestry, ceramic, fossils, drawings, honeycombs and other materials. This work is a magic mental reconstruction of an archeological site linked to the neolithic funeral structures he studied at length in Sardinia. Here these are recoded as the houses of the fairies of popular legend now transmitted solely through art and literature.

A conceptual artist at heart, Ciacciofera is concerned first and foremost with the subject, narrative, and feeling that he wishes to convey, with the materials, drawn from a host of sources – following the concept. He constantly calls upon his background in political science, keen interest in environmentalism, and fixation with individual memory, folding in research, activism, and his own subjective reality to create poetic experiences.

His works have been recently included in major group exhibition as 57 Biennale d’Arte di Venezia Viva Arte Viva and  Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel Every Time a ear di soun , and other important  group exhibition in Central America, U.S., Asia, Africa and Europe.

He was awarded the Civitella Ranieri NYC Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship for 2015-2016.

The artist is currently represented by Michel Rein (Paris/Bruxelles), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou/Beijing), Voice Gallery (Marrakech).

www.micheleciacciofera.com


Selected press



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FLASH ART

Michele Ciacciofera

August 2018

ESPOARTE

Michele Ciacciofera

June 2018

KUNST FORUM

Michele Ciacciofera

July 2017

IL MANIFESTO

Michele Ciacciofera

June 2017

LA NUOVA

Michele Ciacciofera

November 2016

CAFA ART INFO

Michele Ciacciofera

August 2016

LA LETTURA

Michele Ciacciofera

March 2016

ALICORN MAG

Michele Ciacciofera

January 2016

ARTFORUM

Michele Ciacciofera

December 2014

Publications



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Enchanted Nature, Revisited

July 2018
Publisher: CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Emisferi Sud

December 2017
Publisher: Museo MAN Nuoro
ISBN 978-88-8056-017-3

Fragments of nature and other stories

October 2017
Publisher: Senesi Contemporanea, London

Enchanted Nature, Revisited

March 2016
Publisher: Palazzo Chiesa, Milan
Michele Ciacciofera

What we call love - from surrealism to now

September 2015
Publisher: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
ISBN 978-1-909792-10-4

Nel Mezzo del Mezzo - Arte Contemporanea Nel Mediterraneo

January 2015
Publisher: Museo Riso, Palermo

I hate the Indifferent

December 2014
Publisher: Summerhall & Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh

Silence!

January 2009
Publisher: Edizioni Charta, Milano
ISBN 978-88-8158-768-1

Silence's drawings

January 2009
Publisher: ERRE Produzioni
ISBN 978-88-8158-768-1

Portfolio Michele Ciacciofera


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