Experimental - NOMINEE: Gianmaria Gava
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The project Buildings is an ongoing research about the archetypical forms in architecture. The images mix layers of concrete reality and digital abstraction, revealing geometry as the grammar of the architectural language. After a reduction process of the visual information, once functional elements have been removed, the constructions appear as pure geometrical solids.
If architecture is “inhabited sculpture”, as Constantin Brancusi stated, I am exploring this essential aspect of construction through the photographic medium. By creating buildings which seem uninhabitable, I aim to raise questions about the function and accessibility of architecture in both public and private space.
Gianmaria Gava was born in 1978 in Venice, Italy.
Since 2004 he is based in Vienna, Austria
Selected Exhibitions include:
Parallel Vienna , Art Fair, Vienna, Austria, 2018
Color Cue, Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2018
SWPA, Somerset House, London, England, 2018
Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category Architecture Winner 2018
Art on prescription, Venice, Italy, 2017
Temporary Promises, Gallery Herr Leutner, with Christiane Peschek, Vienna, Austria, 2016, (Duo)
Perpetuum Mobile, Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna, Austria, 2015
Archetypes, Bildraum 07, Vienna, Austria, 2015, (Solo)
Prix Pictet, shortlist, 2015
Emersions - New Photography in Venice, La Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy, 2012
Declining Democracy, CCC Strozzina, Firenze, Italy, 2011
Identity III. Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2010
Kleinbürger. New Photography and Video from Austria, Exchange Gallery, Ireland Photofestival, Dublin, Ireland, 2010
Kleinbürger. New Photography and Video from Austria, Pingyao Photofestival, Pingyao, China, 2010
West Book, Gallery WestLicht, Vienna, Austria, 2009
West Book, Gallery Anzenberger, Vienna, Austria, 2009
Photoespana 2009 Descubrimientos, Madrid, Spain, 2009
Month of Photography, Das Weisse Haus, with Aldo Giannotti, Vienna, Austria, 2008
ITS#7, International Photo Contest, finalist, Trieste, Italy, 2008
International Expo Saragossa, Austrian pavillon, with Liquid Loft, Saragossa, Spain, 2008 Exploration F, Mumok, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2006