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Michele Ciacciofera


Biography

Born in 1969 in Sardinia (Italy). Lives and works in Paris (France).

Michele Ciacciofera works from several medium, from painting to sculpture, including ceramics, assemblies, drawings and sound. In an anthropological approach, he explores various themes related to his native land, Sardinia and Sicily, through the prism of the Mediterranean. Collective memory, revisited myths and contemporary political reality are intertwined in works marked by a sensitivity to the material and an acute awareness of current issues related to the reconfiguration of socio-economic balances.


In 2016, for his installation Janas Code at the 57th Venice Biennale, he combined a collection of ceramic works, fossils, drawings and honeycombs with old tables, as well as tapestries and various found materials. This work constitutes a personal mental reconstruction of an archaeological site linked to the Neolithic funerary structures that he has studied extensively in Sardinia. Ciacciofera links them to the popular legend that makes them houses for fairies, evoking magical shamanic practices, today only transmitted through art and literature.Driven by constant reflection and research from many sources, Ciacciofera is first and foremost concerned with the subject and the narrative, as well as the feeling he wishes to bring out through the materials. He constantly relies on his training in political science, his interest in anthropology, archaeology, environmental issues and his obsession with individual and collective memory to materialize poetic experiences.

Michele Ciacciofera's works have been exhibited at the 57th International Art Biennale ; Viva Arte Viva (Venice) ; Documenta 14 (Athens/Kassel) ; Museo MAN (Nuoro) ; CAFA Museum (Beijing) ; Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne ; château de Rochechouart ; NMNM (Monaco) ; Summerhall (Edinburgh) ; Palazzo Montalto (Siracusa) ; Fondazione Sambuca (Palermo) ; White Box (New York) ; Light of Creativity Miami Beach (Miami) ; IMMA Museum (Dublin). He was awarded by the Civitella Ranieri NYC Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship for 2015-16.


Selected works

Homage to Stanley Kubrick, Michele Ciacciofera
Homage to Pasolini, Michele Ciacciofera
The Green Kingdom, Michele Ciacciofera
G. Time Scale, Michele Ciacciofera
The Gilded Age, Michele Ciacciofera
We are all in this together, Michele Ciacciofera
The Eternal Being, Michele Ciacciofera
Persistent Vestiges, Michele Ciacciofera
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Museum exhibitions

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Musée de Rochechouart, France

Manifesa13 Biennial, Marseille

Manifesa13 Biennial, Marseille

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Michele Ciacciofera -

Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Sans commencement et sans fin (cur. Sebastien Faucon), Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France, 2021, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Real Utopias (cur. Bianca Cerrina Feroni and Melania Rossi) during Manifesta13 biennial, Maison R&C, Marseilles, France, 2020, ph. Guido Mencari

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The Library of Encoded Time (cur. Angelo Crespi), Museum Marino Marini, Florence, Italy, 2020

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The Library of Encoded Time cur. Angelo Crespi), Museum Marino Marini, Florence, Italy, 2020

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The Library of Encoded Time (cur. Angelo Crespi), Museum Marino Marini, Florence, Italy, 2020

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Tales of the floating world 1-3, installation, FIAC Projects 2019, Petit Palais, Paris, France, photo : Marc Domage

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Tales of the floating world 1-3, installation, FIAC Projects 2019, Petit Palais, Paris, France, photo : Marc Domage

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Janas Code, private collection, Paris/Beijing, 2018

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A chimerical Museum of shifting shapes, Voice Gallery, Marrakech, 2018

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The translucent skin of the present, Mirrored Gardens, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China, 2018

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The translucent skin of the present, Mirrored Gardens, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China, 2018

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THROUGH ? Aghmat, Marrakech, 2018

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THROUGH ? Aghmat, Marrakech, 2018

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THROUGH ? Aghmat, Marrakech, 2018

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Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennal, cur. Christine Macel, Venice, Italy, 2017

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Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennal, cur. Christine Macel, Venice, Italy, 2017

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Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennal, cur. Christine Macel, Venice, Italy, 2017

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Soul Mountain, Dynamo Art Factory, 2017

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Emisferi Sud, MAN - Museo d'Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, 2017


Videos

EXHIBITION

Visit of Michele Ciacciofera's show, <i>Sans commencement et sans fin</i>, Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, France


Press

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Publications

Sans commencement et sans fin

Sans commencement et sans fin

Publisher: Zamân Books

2021

Enchanted Nature, Revisited

Enchanted Nature, Revisited

Publisher: CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

2018

Emisferi Sud

Emisferi Sud

Publisher: Museo MAN Nuoro

2017

Fragments of nature and other stories

Fragments of nature and other stories

Publisher: Senesi Contemporanea, London

2017

Enchanted Nature, Revisited

Enchanted Nature, Revisited

Publisher: Palazzo Chiesa, Milan

2016

What we call love - from surrealism to now

What we call love - from surrealism to now

Publisher: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

2015

Nel Mezzo del Mezzo - Arte Contemporanea Nel Mediterraneo

Nel Mezzo del Mezzo - Arte Contemporanea Nel Mediterraneo

Publisher: Museo Riso, Palermo

2015

I hate the Indifferent

I hate the Indifferent

Publisher: Summerhall & Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh

2014

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