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Cecilia Gioria was born on March 6, 1991 in Alessandria, Italy. After her classical studies, she moved to Milan to study Photography at the IED, Istituto Europeo di Design, where she graduated in 2014. Very soon she started working at self-portraits, inspired by Cindy Sherman and Francesca Woodman. The use of self-portrait is not a concession to narcissism or to vanity, but must be taken as a self-investigation, an attempt towards self knowledge which may never find answers.
The construction of her images results from disordered internal geometries, which she often gets along with. The artist struggles with her own demons, and self-portraits become a cure, a mirror, a magnifying glass at her interiority. She thus begins to describe what no one is able to see from her own point of view.
At the same time she has devoted herself to writing: notes and stories of pure imagination started to flank photographs, sometimes becoming central in her works. She has carried out a research related to psychic mechanisms, expressed through handmade collage illustrations, and also with graphic interventions, creative writing and flow of consciousness, on objects which symbolize her past.
At a very young age, she has already exhibited her work in group and solo show, and art fairs. She has also provided photographic services to various brands in collaboration with the Kumooku studio.
Her work is increasingly appreciated by the public and the media.
Art fairs: Photissima 2013 (Torino), MIA 2014 (Milano), PhotoBasel 2015 (Basel, Switzerland).
Group shows: Milano 2015, Galleria Sabrina Raffaghello Arte Contemporanea; Casale Monferrato 2016, the Castle; Parma 2016, Associazione Culturale Artètipi; Venezia 2017, Giudecca 795 Art Gallery.
Solo shows: Mairano di Casteggio (Pavia) 2016, Fondazione Bussolera Branca; Torino 2017; Venezia 2017, Art Night Venezia.
At present Cecilia Gioria is exhibiting in Venice Italy, represented by the Giudecca 795 Art Gallery.