GIOVANNI DE ANGELIS was born in Naples, he has been living in Rome since 1992. He first took up traditional photography as an adolescent and immediately developed a great interest in research into visual perception: in 2004 he started up a study, Luceveloce, which investigated the infinite potential of light and of its interaction with bodies. In 2005 and 2006, his investigations continued with Luce dissolve, which took him into a dimension on the borderline between painting and photography, in which solitary figures, either motionless or moving, pass through beams of light with their shadows. His research continued to evolve and he became increasingly interested in aspects of modernity, of Japanese and Indian metropolises and society, as we can see in Strade con pioggia, Sui iki and Churchgate, in which his interest in oriental culture is conveyed through ethno-anthropological eyes. These works have been shown in many galleries. His interest in metropolises then continued in his Contemporary Districts project, in the cities of Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw, and it still on-going in works that place young people and their settings at the centre of his research, discovering urban districts inhabited by a constantly changing humanity. At times Giovanni De Angelis aims to recreate the memories of those who no longer have memory, as in the case of Sansone Elide, a project shown at the “ECC Ente Comunale di Consumo” group exhibition in 2010. The photographic Water Drops project tackles the theme of twinship from a twofold perspective – social and anthropological – freeing itself from the concept of mere reportage in order to examine the themes of identity, of the uniqueness of the individual, and of their relationships with the “other”. Subsequently the photographic research moves in a clear way towards the photographic portrait. The ART REWIND project is an important focus on Italian artists aged up to 50 years. The project becomes a book presented at the Venice Biennale and then an exhibition at the MACRO Museum in Rome. At the date, the project is still underway for the preparation of the second volume of ART REWIND. His most important solo exhibitions include “ART REWIND #1 “ MACRO Museum Rome 2017, “ICKU” Co2 Gallery (2012), “Water Drops”, MACRO ( Museum of Contemporary Art ) Rome (2011); “Contemporary Districts #2: TEL AVIV”, Malta (2010); “Churchgate”, Galleria Loto Arte, Rome (2008); “Contemporary Districts #1: Shibuya”, VI Roma Festival Internazionale della Fotografia, Museo Nazionale di Arti Orientali, Rome (2007); “Aqua Art”, Palazzo Donarelli Ricci, Rome (2007); “Luce Dissolve,” V Festival Internazionale della Fotografia, Rome (2006); “Sui iki”, Galleria Doozo, Rome (2005). He has also taken part in group exhibitions in Italy, including 54° International art Exhibition – Venice Biennal at italian pavillion (2011); “ECC Ente Comunale di Consumo”, CIAC Centro Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea Genazzano, Rome (2010), Museo Nazionale di Cosenza (2011); “Piazza d’Armi”, Emergency Room, PAN Palazzo delle Arti, Naples (2009); “BATTITI”, Complesso Monumentale di San Michele, Rome (2009); “Diario Quotidiano”, MUSINF Museo d’arte Moderna, dell’Informazione e della Fotografia, Senigallia (2009); “Codice 01”, DART Chiostro del Bramante, Rome (2007).
Giovanni De Angelis