What do you hold close? Where is your secret place of belonging? If you had to leave everything behind and begin again – who would you be? As the world around us is unravelling, have we stopped dreaming of another?
Born in Venice in 1979, Giorgio Andreotta Calò lives between Amsterdam and Venice. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (1999-2005) and continued his studies at the KunstHochSchule Berlin (2003-2004). From 2001 to 2003, and also in 2007, he was assistant to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. He has been the artist in residence at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2009-2011).
His solo exhibitions include: Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2018); Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (2016); Institut Culturel Italien, Paris (2014); SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2012); and Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy (2009), among others.
His work was presented at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), curated by Cecilia Alemani and at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), curated by Bice Curiger.
Among the recent group shows: Pirelli HangarPicocca, Milan (2017); 16th Quadriennale d’Arte, Rome (2016); High Line, New York (2016); and Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2014). He won the Premio New York (2014), promoted by the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Premio Italia for contemporary art (2012), promoted by the MAXXI Museum in Rome.
Giorgio Andreotta Calò’s research revolves around an intense crossover of dimensions developed through a process of withdrawing fragments from reality and the re-appropriation of architecture, landscape and his own history. Calò creates works that cross boundaries between sculpture, actions and direct architectural intervention. Therefore, the artwork presented to the public is never a specially made object or simply the result of a project, but rather a process of time immersed in a physical matter and space, given its shape from both the environment with which it interacts and the energies unleashed within it.