Giovanni Ozzola Castaway Depot


June 4 – 2012

The Doppelgaenger Gallery –  Via Verrone, Bari

Giovanni Ozzola seems to have a deep bond, is pleased to welcome Castaway Depot with subtitle 41° 7’ 31’’ N 16° 52’ 0’’ E -  in a sentimental mood  geographic coordinates of the city.

Ozzola’s creations have always told the story of light, time and horizon, themes that are constantly handled with an aesthetic richness  in symbols and mysticism, but poor of “mathematics, in fact he is proud to assert his nature as an  “instinctive artist”.

The works of art that Ozzola plans to exhibit in the very first act of Doppelgaenger Gallery, are several and very different in shape. The common denominator in his works is exploration. Navigation, exploration, travelling are complex actions through which  man, facing his ancestral fears, can place himself into space and time. this paves the way for further research to get to know ourselves.

On the 92 slate stones forming a single work of art the routes of the most famous sailors and explorers have been engraved: from Columbus to Magellan, from Zheng He to Charles Darwin. Maps without any geographic reference where the journey – leaving for a destination and then coming back – becomes more important than the place itself.

In Giovanni Ozzola there is a strong desire of dealing with places never seen before, going through the unknown, being castaway, all of which are stages of a conscious journey.

The conclusion of this exhibition is represented by a series of photos representing the horizon, the umpteenth of a relentless series and result of the last stay of the artist in Bari. Nothing more than an empty space, in front of the Adriatic Coast, whose image can generate a particular sense of giddiness and the diluting becomes the start and the conclusion of the knowledge path. The empty space feeds  Joyce’s stream of consciousness that is the art of Giovanni Ozzola and is steadily translated into images through the most various significant media.

In the already extensive artistic production of Ozzola, who is used to test the huge opportunities given by photography and video-art, slate engravings represent an overall innovation. This is the first time the artist puts himself against an idea that, insofar as evident, seems to be stitched on the place which is hosting it: on  one side Bari and its indissoluble tie with the sea; on the other PalazzoVerrone, with its façade that various eras have changed into a wonderful architectural hybrid. The sea, time and their common flowing, indissoluble tie between men and their nature as explorers of the world and themselves.


Giovanni Ozzola was born in 1982 in Firenze. He lives  between Prato and paris. After some years in London he returned to Italy in 2001. Then he started to develop his very personal  artistic path that took him to partecipate to Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art and Life, edited by David Elliott and Pier Luigi Tazzi, at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. A large number of expositive spaces, in Italy and abroad, hosted Giovanni Ozzola’s exhibitions such as: On the Edge, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul; MART, Rovereto; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Le Moulin; Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena; MAN Museo d’Arte, Nuoro; Museo Pecci, Prato; Mori Museum, Tokyo; Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento; Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble, France; Schunck-Glaspaleis, Herleen, The Netherlands; Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria;  HYPERLINK “http://GC.AC” \t “_blank” GC.AC, Monfalcone, Italy; ViaFarini DOCVA, Milano, Italy.

He won various  awards such as: Premio Cairo for Contemporary Art -  Milano 2011, Talent Prize – Roma 2010; Premio Terna, Gigawatt category- Roma 2008.

Image Above: Giovanni Ozzola, open routes, 2012


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