Paolo Gioli

Paolo Gioli was born in Sarzano (Rovigo) October 12th 1942. Since 1960 he attends courses of still life drawing at the Beaux Arts Academy of Venice. pursuing his formation as a painter. In 1967 he flies to New York and obtains a grant from the John Cabot Foundation, coming in touch with the gallery manager Leo Castelli and Martha Jackson. In The USA he discovers the New American Cinema and starts to develop a deep interest for photography. At the deadline of his visa he is forced to go back home, for the new rules of the Immigration Office after Martin Luther King’s and Bob Kennedy’s assassinations. In 1970 he is in Rome where he hangs out with the Cooperative of Independent Cinema. At the Filmstudio Gioli will present his first films, produced between Rome and Rovigo, developing and printing the film all by himself, being inspired by the Lumière brothers. In the same period he produces the first photos, by means of the pinhole camera technique.

In 1976 he moves to Milan, where he spends his time on cinema and photography. In the Polaroid, particularly, Gioli will find a surprising mean to pull forward his research: since 1977 he is the first who tries the transfer of the emulsion on matters as paper, fabrics, silk and wood, widening the possibility of instantaneous photography and merging the codes and of photography techniques with the painting language.

In the 1980s Gioli receives important recognitions: the personal exhibitions at the National Graphic Institute of Rome (1981), at the Pompidou in Paris (1983), he is often invited at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, which dedicated to Gioli a special exhibition at the Réattu Museum (1987). In 1984 he receives the honour of the cover of the AIPAD catalogue, the International Photography Art Dealers Fair.

In 1990s some other international exhibitions: in Rome an anthological show at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in the same years he is often at the Galérie Michèle Chomette in Paris and at the Contemporary Photography Museum of Cinisello Balsamo. In more than forty years of activity he participated to all the main experimental cinema festival, as in New York, Toronto and Hong Kong. In 2006 a double cd is published by RaroVideo with a selection of 14 of his films.
In 2007 Gioli is invited as an artist on focus at HKIFF. In 2008 a new selction is presented at the Ontario Cinémathèque of Toronto. In june 2009 the festival in Pesaro dedicates to Gioli a complete review of his films. In the same year the Experimental Cinema Center of Rome publishes a monographic volume on his work as a film-maker.

In 2015 Paolo Gioli is one of the artists selected by Paolo Trione to be shown at the Italian Pavillon of the Biennale in Venice. Nowadays Paolo Gioli lives and works in Lendinara, close to Rovigo.

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Works of Alchemy
Photographs by Paolo Gioli
24.9 > 14.11.2015
15.10 > 21.1.2017