Giovanni Longo nato

Giovanni Longo, in his artistic research, experiments with multiple media focusing on the ability of languages to influence narration. For several years he has been concentrating his efforts on reclaiming wood found at river mouths at various places in the Mediterranean. Calabria, his birth place, is his favourite spot. Through classification and comparison, he uses this wood to create complete or evocative skeletal structures — the Fragile Skeletons and Seamless series — which interact with space and time, preserving the intrinsic properties of the original material such as colour, shape and texture.

Longo’s work is closely linked to identity, memory and history. It collects, accumulates and classifies forms, data, and information with the ultimate aim of obtaining a poetic escape from them — for example Museum Not Found project — , sometimes leaving the viewer with the ability to discover the origin of things.

Giovanni Longo (born in Locri, 1985) is a sculptor and visual artist based in Italy. His work has exhibited in several national and international exhibitions, amongst which: 54th The Venice Biennale (Italian Pavilion / Academies); Kunstenfestival Watou in Belgium; Wood Mood Valcucine in London, New York and Milan; art residency in Grasse curated by PHOS; Jeune Création Européenne Biennale in France, Poland, Spain and Denmark.
In 2016 the MARCA Museum of Art’s Catanzaro dedicates him the first institutional solo exhibition curated by Marco Meneguzzo. After three months of art residency in Paris, at the ateliers of the Montrouge cultural department, he currently works in Rome and collaborates with several digital tech companies.


Current / Upcoming Exhibitions

15 October – 15 November 2022 / Rome
La fonte dell’opera, curated by D. Silvioli & V. De Siero, Consorzio La Giustiniana.

29 October 2022 – 8 January 2023 / Noto (Siracusa)
Narcissus Self-Portrait, curated by P. Ruffino & F. Poletti, Galleria Palazzo Nicolaci.

January 2023 / Florence
B, group exhibition curated by Collettivo Basement , Cartavetra Gallery.


Workshop & Art Residences

BoCS Art, residency program curated by A. Dambruoso, October 2017, Cosenza, It.
JCE, residency program, Montrouge Cultural Department, May-August 2017, Paris, France.
Just in Time, marzo 2017, Giovane Creazione Europea, Istituti Como Rebbio e Civiglio, It.
Giovani artisti in Côte, residency program, curated by PHOS & Lamaisondelle, September 2015, Plascassier, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.
Eurasia Wings, workshop curated by CESIE, M50 Art District, October 2012, Shanghai, China.
Contaminazione, workshop, gennaio 2008, Academy of Arts, Reggio Calabria, It.


Solo Exhibitions

2022
Teofanie, apparizioni contemporanee: Giovanni Longo / Giuseppe Negro, duo exhibition curated by S. Fiato, Complesso Museale Casino Macrì, Parco Archeologico Nazionale, Locri.

2017
Kármán Line, residency project, BoCS art, Cosenza, It.
Museum Not Found, residency project, atelier 8, Montrouge, Paris, France.

2016
Fragile Landscapes: Giovanni Longo, curated by M. Meneguzzo, MARCA – Museo delle Arti Catanzaro, It, catalogue Rubbettino.
[Plans]: Giovanni Longo, residency project, Centro PHOS, Turin, It.

2011/2008
Io abito Tu abiti Egli habitat: Giovanni Longo, curated by Il Filo di Sophia, text C. Capogreco, University of Calabria, Rende, It.
Tieni il resto: Giovanni Longo, curated by S. Pennacchio, Galleria Leucò, Reggio Calabria, It.


Group Exhibitions

2022
Rome Art Week. Take Off, in collaboration with InsideArt, Fondamenta Gallery, Rome, It.
Cramum Award 2022, final exhibition, curated by S.M. Frassà, Mercato Centrale Milano, Milan, It, catalogue.
8 minuti dal sole. Art Rizoma contemporary art festival, curated by A. Romanini & R. Guglielmo, promoted by Rocco Guglielmo Foundation, Castello Carafa, Roccella Jonica, It.
IO Crògiolo, curated by V. Schito, S. Stefanelli & F. Tiburzi, Festival ‘Feronia ai Noccioli’, Sutri, Viterbo, It, catalogue.
Diagonale Spazio, curated by D. Silvioli with Collettivo Basement, in collaboration with InsideArt, Fondamenta Gallery, Rome, It.
YICCA 21/22 International Art Prize, final exhibition, curated by M. Toffolo e M. Jedrzejewska, Luciana Matalon Foundation, Milan, It, catalogue.

2021
Rome Art Week. On Fire, curated by Collettivo Basement, in collaboration with InsideArt, Fondamenta Gallery, Rome, It.
Arteporto. Fuori confine, curated by S. Polo & S. Calvarese, Area Archeologica dei Porti Imperiali di Claudio e Traiano, Fiumicino, Rome, It, catalogue Silvana Editoriale.
Before/After
, curated by Collettivo Basement, in collaboration with InsideArt, Fondamenta Gallery, Rome, It.

2020
Rome Art Week. Open Basement, curated by Collettivo Basement, in collaboration with InsideArt, Fondamenta Gallery, Rome, It.
Basement
, opening, in collaboration with InsideArt, Fondamenta Gallery, Rome, It.

2019/2018
Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition. Riscarti, curated by M. Scalise, Fiera di Roma, It.
Arteporto. Oltremare, curated by S. Polo & S. Calvarese, Area Archeologica dei Porti Imperiali di Claudio e Traiano, Fiumicino, Rome, It.

2017
Ricognizioni. Dai Bocs Art i linguaggi del contemporaneo, curated by A. Dambruoso, BoCS Art Museum, Cosenza, It.
Jovem Criação Europeia / Portugal, curated by A. Cardoso, Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal, catalogue.
Jeune Création Européenne / Spain, curated by M. Pasqualotto, Museu De L’Empordà, Casa Empordà, Figueres, Spain, catalogue.
Giovane Creazione Europea / Italy, curated by V. Vittani & F. Testoni, Spazio Ratti, Como, It.

2016
Jeune Création Européenne / Latvia, curated by A. Di Gennaro & D. Kanepe, Art Centre Brūzis, Cēsis, Latvia, catalogue.
Młodej Sztuki Europejskiej / Poland, curated by E. Sulekcurated, Hala Stulecia, Wroclaw, Poland, catalogue.
The Hospitality Gallery, Fuorisalone 2016, curated by SceneMediterranee, Milan, It.
Jeune Création Européenne / Denmark, curated by H. Godsk, Kunstbygningen, Vrå, Denmark, catalogue.

2015
Mater Terra, curated by G. Covelli, Museo del Presente, Rende, Cosenza, It.
Jeune Création Européenne / France, curated by A. Ponsini, Le Beffroi Cultural Centre, Montrouge, Paris, France, catalogue.
Le Latitudini dell’Arte: Ungheria e Italia, curated by M. Simonffy & V. Monteverde, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, It, catalogue.
Spacescape, curated by C. Cervino, Palazzo Di Lorenzo, Galatina, Lecce, It.
Wood Mood Milano, curated by D.F. Colaci, Valcucine-Milano Brera, Milan, It.

2014
Archtober: Wood Mood, curated by D.F. Colaci, Valcucine-DOM Interiors, New York, USA.
The London Design Festival: Wood Mood, curated by D.F. Colaci, Valcucine, London, UK.
Kunstenfestival Watou, curated by J. Moeyaert, Watou, Belgium, catalogue.
Calabria contemporanea, curated by L. Caccia & M. Palamidessi, ex Mercato coperto, Cittanova, Reggio Calabria, It, catalogue.

2013
Kairos: It’s time to change and re-birth, curated by R. Quattrone, Re-Birth Day Cittadellarte-Fond. Pistoletto, Galleria +, Bologna, It.
Donne e Resistenza, curated by F. Malice, Osservatorio sulla ndrangheta, Reggio Calabria, It, catalogue Aracne.
Biennale Magna Grecia, curated by Museo MACA, Collegio Sant’Adriano, San Demetrio Corone, Cosenza, It, text A. Rodi, catalogue.

2012
Premio Limen Arte, curated by G. Di Genova & M. Caggiano, Palazzo E. Gagliardi, Vibo Valentia, It, text L. Caccia, catalogue Rubbettino.
Probject, curated by V. Salvini & C. Lamberti, Musil – Museo dell’industria e del Lavoro, Rodengo Saiano, Brescia, It, catalogue.
Eurasia Wings, curated by Pistes solidaires, Cango, Cesie e Sj Vietnam, M50 Art District, Shanghai, China, catalogue.
Eterne partenze, curated by A. Fraia, Galleria Ono, Bologna, It, catalogue.
Inside: interiorità dell’opera, curated by A. Natalini, Belvedere Marittimo, Cosenza, It.
Human Rigths? 2012, curated by R. Ronca, Fond. Opera Campana dei Caduti, Rovereto, It.
Ar[t]cevia 2012: Art Festival, curated by L. Coppa, Palazzo dei Priori, Arcevia, It, catalogue.
Locus Animae: settimo episodio, curated by S. Momentè, Laguna Shopping, Jesolo, Venezia, It, catalogue.
Premio Ugo Guidi, final exhibition, curated by E. Frediani, Villa Schiff-Giorgini, Montignoso, Massa-Carrara, It, catalogue.
Caixas pretas sobre cubo branco, curated by Amplexo, Fotogaleria Virgílio Calegari, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Eurasia Wings: Arte 3R, curated by Centro studi e iniziative Europeo (CESIE), Istituto Cervantes, Palermo, It.
Premio Basilio Cascella 2012, final exhibition, curated by A. Passerini, Museo Civico di Arte Cont., Ortona, Chieti, It, catalogue.
Human Rigths? 2012, curated by R. Ronca, Castello di Acaya, Lecce, It.
Equilibri precari: l’arte al tempo delle crisi, curated by R. Buccieri & G. Raspa, Museo del Presente, Rende, Cosenza, It, catalogue.

2011
54th Biennale di Venezia – Italian Pavilion / Academies, curated by V. Sgarbi, Tese di S. Cristoforo, Arsenale nord, Venice, It, catalogue Skira.
300/2: Trecentofrattodue, Ar[t]cevia, curated by M. Nicotra, Complesso San Benedetto, Fabriano, Ancona, It, catalogue.

2010
La terra ha bisogno degli uomini, curated by F. Ruggiero, Reggia di Caserta, It, catalogue.
Premio Celeste 2010, final exhibition, curated by G. Scardi & J. Draganovic, Brodbeck Foundation, Catania, It, catalogue Zel.
Caixas pretas sobre cubo branco, curated by Amplexo, Instituto de Arte Contemporanea (IAC), Recife, Brazil.
Ar[t]cevia 2010: Art Festival, curated by M. Nicotra, Complesso San Francesco, Arcevia, It.
VentiPerVenti, curated by G. Donnarumma & G. Ippolito, Linea D’arte workshop, Napoli, It.
Combat Prize 2010, final exhibition, curated by P. Batoni, Bottini dell’olio, Livorno, It, catalogue Sillabe.
Arte Laguna Prize, final exhibition, curated by I. Zanti, Tese di S. Cristoforo, Arsenale nord, Venice, It, catalogue.

2009
Ar[t]cevia 2009: Art Festival, curated by M. Nicotra, Complesso San Francesco, Arcevia, It.
Invasioni Urbane, curated by Mammalucco, Taurianova, Reggio Calabria, It.
Camera di Combustione, curated by G.P. Manfredini, Leucò Art Gallery, Reggio Calabria, It, catalogue Artemis.

2008
Ar[t]cevia 2008: Art Festival, curated by M. Nicotra, Complesso San Francesco, Arcevia, It.
Progetto CuBe, curated by G. Costa, Villa dei Cappuccini, Roccavaldina, Messina, It.
Expo Arte: Fiera del Levante, stand Accademia di Belle Arti RC, Bari, It.

2007
Trasformarte: il riciclo artistico dei rifiuti, Accademia Belle Arti, Reggio Calabria, It.
Borsa Internazionale del Turismo, stand provincia Reggio Calabria, Milan, It.

2006
Scultura da Vivere, curated by Peano Foundation, Centro Incontri della Provincia, Cuneo, It.
In3cci, curated by S. Pennacchio, Leucò Art Gallery, Reggio Calabria, It.


Awards

Finalist Premio Cramum 2022, Milan, It.
Winner Premio Arte Città di Locri / Giugno Locrese 2022, Locri, It.
Winner YICCA 2021/22, International Art Prize, Milan, It.
Selected JCE Residency program 2017, atelier Montrouge, Paris, France.
Winner Giovani artisti in Côte 2015, residency program, Centro PHOS, Grasse, France.
Selected Jeune Création Européenne 2015-2017, Montrouge, Paris, France.
Winner Premio Elmo 2015, artists category, Rizziconi, It.
Finalist Como Contemporary Contest 2015, Como, It.
Finalist Premio Int. Lìmen Arte 2012, emerging artists category, Vibo Valentia, It.
Selected Premio Arte Mondadori 2012, sculpture category, Milan, It.
Winner Art is clear – as clouds are, contest, Brescia, It.
Second place Premio Ugo Guidi 2012, Montignoso, Massa-Carrara, It.
Finalist LVI Premio Basilio Cascella 2012, Ortona, Chieti, It.
Finalist Premio Paola Occhi per l’arte contemporanea 2012, Migliarino, Ferrara, It.
Finalist Identik.IT, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) & Gruntumolani Collective, 2012, Rome, It.
Selected 54th Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia/Accademie, 2011.
Winner on-line vote Premio Celeste 2011, installation and sculpture category.
Winner on-line vote Premio Celeste 2010, installation and sculpture category.
Finalist Premio Combat 2010, Livorno, It.
Finalist Arte Laguna Prize 2009, sculpture category, Venice, It.
Selected Premio Arte Mondadori 2009, sculpture category, Milan, It.
Selected Artista del mese GAI, Giovani Artisti Italiani, June 2007.


Public Collections

BoCS Art Museum, Cosenza, It, 2017.
Montrouge Cultural Department
, Paris, France, 2017.
Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo, Catanzaro, It, 2016.


Book

Arteporto: Fuori confine (2021), Silvana Editoriale, ISBN 978-88-366-5016-3.
10 cose da sapere sull’arte contemporanea (2018) A. Redaelli, Newton Compton.
Fragile Landscapes: Giovanni Longo
(2016), Rubbettino, ISBN 978-88-498-4873-1.
Kunstenfestival Watou (2014), vzw P’ART, Watou, ISBN 978-90-8174-132-3.
Calabria contemporanea (2014), Città del Sole, Reggio C., ISBN 978-88-7351-831-0.
Donne e Resistenza (2013), Aracne Editrice, Rome, ISBN 978-88-548-6672-0.
Premio Lìmen Arte (2012), Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, ISBN 978-88-498-3708-7.
Lo stato dell’Arte: Accademie, 54th Biennale di Venezia (2011), Skira, ISBN 885721160.
Premio Celeste (2011), Zel Edizioni, Treviso, ISBN 978-88-96600-45-0.
Premio Celeste (2010), Zel Edizioni, Treviso, ISBN 978-88-96600-16-0.
Premio Combat (2010), Sillabe, Livorno, ISBN 978-88-8347-547-4.
Camera di Combustione (2008), Artemis Edizioni, Reggio C., ISBN 88-7583-025-8.


Press

Conte B. (2022) “La fonte dell’opera. Asimmetrie di un paesaggio”, Espoarte, web.
Longo E. (2022) “Art Rizoma in Calabria, il festival d’arte contemporanea a 8 minuti dal sole”, Exibart, web.
Mannocchi D.M. (2022) “A Monti Tiburtini torna il collettivo Basement con il curatore Davide Silvioli”, InsideArt, web.
Lupis E. (2022) “L’Arte? È come un enorme ingranaggio in movimento”, Gazzetta del Sud, 22/02, p. 29.
Aa. Vv. (2022) “Giovanni Longo vince il premio Yicca 21/22”, InsideArt, web.
Aa. Vv. (2021) “Collettivo Basement, un anno di resilienza raccontato in una mostra”, InsideArt, web.
Aa. Vv. (2020) “Il collettivo Basement alla Rome Art Week”, InsideArt, web.
Santoni S.
(2020) “Atelier#2. Giovanni Longo, InsideArt, web.
Provenzano N. (2020) “Basement Art Studio – Fondamenta Gallery, La Città Immaginaria.
Aa. Vv. (2020) “Gli atelier di Fondamenta”, InsideArt, web.
Provenzano N. (2019) “I Luoghi dell’Immaginario: Giovanni Longo“, La Città Immaginaria, web.
Sicoli T. (2018) “Ricognizioni i linguaggi del contemporaneo“, Rivista Segno, 266.
Puleo A. (2017) “Museum not found, il nuovo progetto di Giovanni Longo…”, Linking Calabria.
De Rose F. (2017) “Backgrounds#3: Giovanni Longo”, The barbarian art blog, web.
Pietroni B. (2017) “Questa è una… giovane creazione europea”, Amica Magazine, web.
Braga S. (2017) “Biennale JCE, una vetrina per i giovani talenti”, Architectural Digest, web.
Caramia S. (2017) “Arte e territorio: Museo MARCA”, Rivista Segno, 261, p. 72.
Jewell N. (2016) “Italian artist creates extraordinary sculptures out of reclaimed driftwood”, Inhabitat, New York, web.
Puleo A. (2016) “Giovanni Longo, fragili epifanie dell’esistere”, Linking Calabria, web.
Ferragina E. (2016) “Uno spazio dedicato agli artisti calabresi”, Gazzetta del Sud, 13/06.
Hagensen G. (2016) “Verden krigger mod Vrå”, Kunstavisen.
Borrelli A. (2016) “Giovanni Longo, Fragile Skeletons”, Ignorarte, 21/01, web.
Bestetti D. (2015) “Giovanni Longo”, I Quaderni di Nuova Scena Antica, October, p. 2.
D’agostino M. (2015) “Dal gioco della materia agli scheletri fragili”, Il Garantista, 04/09, p. 19.
Bova G. (2015) “Giovanni Longo: creazioni artistiche da Locri a New York”, YesCalabria, web.
Quattrone R. (2014) “Modernità e campo dell’arte: siamo tutti cannibali?”, Equipèco, 42.
Cofone L. (2014) “Ipotetici mondi: Giovanni Longo”, Small Zine, 12, p. 13.
Greco F. (2014) “Intervista a Giovanni Longo”, Calabria Good, web.
Fehrenbacher J. (2014) “Fragile Skeletons: Dynamic Animal Sculptures Made from Salvaged Driftwood”, Inhabitat, New York, 18/07, web.
Ranieri J. (2014) “Relitti fluviali e scheletri restituiti al mondo”, Istituto Pantheon, 19/06, web.
Passarelli L. (2014) “Giovanni Longo”, Infonight Cosenza, 1, p. 29.
Lott M. (2013) “Esqueletos vegetais voltam do passado”, Casa Vogue Brasil, 24/12, web.
Lecher C. (2013) “A Microscopic Look At Drugs And Other Amazing Images From This Week”, Popular Science, 20/12, web.
Salomone A. (2013) “Skeletal Sculptures from Driftwood”, Make magazine, 12/12, web.
Breazu S. (2013) Uită-te de două ori la aceste imagini. o să vezi ceva extraordinar, Evz.ro.
Wain A. (2013) “Extraordinary Skeletons Made From Fragments Of Wood”, So Bad So Good.
Nasui C. (2013) “Fragile Skeletons by Giovanni Longo”, Modernism.ro, Bucharest, 03/12, web.
Redaelli A. (2013) “Giovanni Longo, come fermare il tempo”, Arte Mondadori, 481, p. 56.
Rosace F. (2013) “Dal legno giunto dal mare nascono sculture…”, Calabria OnWeb, 29/11.
Russo S. (2013) “Fragile Skeletons, sculture fossili fatte con legno recuperato …”, Bioradar.
Aa. Vv. (2013) “Giovani Longo”, Frattura scomposta, gennaio, Milan.
Lomuto S. (2012) “Giovanni Longo’s Fragile Skeletons”, Daily Art Muse, New York, 25/12, web.
Raffa V. (2012) “EcoArte da Locri a Shanghai”, Calabria Ora, 12/12, p. 34.
Dolfo N. (2012) “Da Star Trek all’arte contemporanea …”, Corriere della Sera, 02/11, p. 5.
Capogreco C. (2012) “A Shanghai Eurasia Wings …”, 8@30, web.
Aa. Vv. (2012) “Premio Arte 2012: questi i 120 della semifinale”, Arte Mondadori, 469, p. 23.
Clementoni S. (2012) “Cre-Attivi: Giovanni Longo”, L’urlo magazine, 18, p. 45.
Garro A. (2012) “L’arte al tempo delle crisi …”, Gazzetta del Sud, 19/04, p. 18.
Mazzotti F. (2012) “L’arte in equilibrio al tempo della precarietà”, Calabria Ora, 07/04, p. 17.
Barillaro L. (2012) “Stazioni di pensiero: Giovanni Longo”, Small Zine, Acri, 1, p. 3.
D’agostino M. (2011) “Le Zanzzzzzare che piacciono”, Calabria Ora, 21/11, p. 39.
Alvaro E. (2011) “Il locrese Longo vince il Celeste …”, Il Quotidiano della Calabria, 24/11, p. 34.
Merante M. (2011) “Io abito, tu abiti, egli Habitat”, Fatti al Cubo, 15/06, p. 2.
Ferragina E. (2011) “Io abito, tu abiti, egli Habitat”, Onda Calabra, web.
Catanese A. (2011) “Biennale a Reggio: l’Accademia c’è”, Il Quotidiano Calabria, 18/06, p. 51.
Curtacci S. & Elettra Tam V. (2011), “Speciale 54.Biennale di Venezia”, Frattura scomposta.
Aa. Vv. (2009) “Premio Arte 2009: ecco i 120 in semifinale”, Arte Mondadori, 433, p. 42.
Bova C. (2009) “Camera di combustione”, Il Quotidiano della Calabria, 01/02, p. 29.
Capogreco C. (2008) “Quando il mare dà tutto il resto”, La Riviera, 31/08, p. 41.
Giordano M. (2008) “Giovanni Longo: Tieni il resto!”, Inscena magazine, Marzo, pp. 64-65.
Giordano M. (2008) “L’arte è idea”, Calabria Ora, 12/02, p. 25.
Bova C. (2008) “Arriva Tieni il resto”, Il Quotidiano della Calabria, 08/02, p. 27.


Television

BoCS Art: Artisti sul lungofiume (2017), curated by A. Liotta, TGR Rai, It.
La Pop Art al MARCA (2017), curated by A. Liotta, TGR Rai, It.
Giovanni Longo e gli scheletri fragili
(2015), curated by N. Spirlì, Sud TV, It.
Premio Elmo 2015 / Speciale 30 minuti (2015), LaC TV, It.
Kunstenfestival Watou in teken van klein geluk (2014), Focus en WTV, Belgium.
Het jaarlijks Kunstenfestival in Watou (2014), BILL, Belgium.
Kunstenfestival Watou (2014), Fans of Flanders, Belgium.
Dentro la notizia (2006), GS Channel, It.


International Blog

Covet Foundation (2019), 19/02, Gondomar, Portugal.
Tianjuzi (2014), 16/11, Beijing, China.
Zebrasovereign (2014), 20/08, Petroria, South Africa.
TopNop (2014), 16/08, Teheran, Iran.
Hong Kong Daily News (2014), 23/07, Hong Kong, China.
Fubiz (2014), 29/05, Paris, France.
Kulturologia (2014), 01/01, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
ADN Ayuda Diseño Naturaleza, Discovery Latinoamérica (2013), 23/12.
AbuNawaf (2013), curated by Nour, 18/12, Riyad, Saudi Arabia.
Delfi Kultura (2013), curated by S. Raksti, 14/12, Riga, Latvia.
Dipendenza Design (2013), Weibo, 13/12, Beijing, China.
Focus.lv (2013), 12/12, Riga, Latvia.
Junkculture (2013), 11/12, Massachusetts, USA.
MixedGrill.nl (2013), 11/12, Alphen aan den Rijn, Nederland.
El Safari (2013), 11/12, Santiago, Chile.
Snoopit24 (2013), 11/12, Athens, Greece.
Designboom (2013), curated by B. Lohmann, 10/12, Milan, It.
The city loves you (2013), 10/12, Mexico City, Mexico.
TodoDesign (2013), curated by E. Gaggia, 18/10, Madrid, Spain.
Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), Weibo, 07/01, Beijing, China.
Muse Arts Zine (2013), curated by Nightmoon-Barnum, Seattle, USA.