Lorenzo Gnata is an Italian artist, born in 1997, and recently in receipt of his second degree in Painting at Turin’s Accademia Albertina. His artistic research attempts to investigate the existence of the contemporary human being in relation to every surrounding element, in a constant “conceptual-figurative” poetic tension, using imaginative symbols to talk about matters far beyond the mere visible.
His works have been exhibited at: Tate Britain in London, Reggia di Venaria and Artissima in Turin, La Triennale in Milan, Fondazione Treccani in Naples and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice.
Lorenzo’s works include his work expressed through a digital avatar, Michele Galli, from 2018 onwards as Trecena an experiment of new media art. Galli sits alongside the fabric of social media through actions that intend the social itself as a medium of the work of art and has been cited many times at street art 2.0.
GLAUCOMA is both a project and social experiments that is published as Michele Galli on his Instagram and Facebook “SoContemporary” pages. Michele Galli himself is the result of an experiment in new media art, as Galli is an identity that exists only in the network. This work probes the limits and possibilities of social networks, with a focus on the question of truth while we are increasingly immersed in an ocean of fake.
GLAUCOMA’s 2021 iteration is a response to the increasingly stringent content policy on social media in the Zuckerberg galaxy, which includes an extremely binding condition for all visual artists dealing with nude, or for anyone who finds himself publishing works of art history containing nudity. This is compared with the content published by profiles with the famous blue tick, that can afford to push the boundaries beyond what standard individuals can do. This further underlining the strong hierarchies that govern social networks.
GLAUCOMA sits halfway between activism and irony, with works from art history – from Giotto to the present day – subjected to a targeted cancellation process, not aimed at covering the intimate parts of the subjects, but their exact opposite. Using anti-censorship by expanding the infamous “black stamp” to the entire body of the individual and covering and obscuring every part of it, except for the commonly censored areas, the works create a visual vortex that attracts the attention only on the areas of censorship and so doing confuses and disorients the algorithm responsible for regulating them. Nudity is not recognised and the algorithm is eluded. The whole work crumbles, losing importance, and the gaze remains trapped in a voyeuristic temptation; the irresistible need to spy those glowing areas through the keyhole while longing for the totality of the figure precluded to us.
GLAUCOMA a degenerative eye disease related to high eye pressure and the progressive narrowing of the visual field, giving the feeling of observing the world through a hole- as if viewing the world through social media censorship.
2022 Torino Creativa Prize, Torino, Italy
2021 Special Mention / Prize of Drawing, curated by L. Motto e F. Poli, Civic Gallery of
Contemporary Art “Filippo Scroppo”, Torre Pellice, Italy
2023 ‘Ascolta, Piove’ curated by Associazione Gheddo e CRAG Gallery, CRAG Home Gallery,
2022 ‘Quel che resta degli alberi’, curated by L. Motto, Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art
“Filippo Scroppo”, Torre Pellice, Italy
2021 ‘Stormi’ curated by F. M. Giallombardo, White Lands Art Gallery, Torino, Italy
2021 ‘Dove sei?’ curated by V. Guglielmi, Rabino Palace, Cortemilia, Italy
2020 ‘Alla deriva del vento’ – Performance, Home, Cossato, Italy
2018 ‘Res Humanae’ Site-specific installation, Ring road bridge, Biella, Italy
2015 ‘Qual è l’ultima cosa che hai imparato?’ Performance, ZonArte, Artissima, Torino, Italy
2022 ‘Cyborg Futures’ curated by Tate Collective, Late, Henry Moore Gallery, Tate Britain,
2022 ‘Love Bombing, Gaslighting’, curated by R. Russo, Videoinsight Foundation, Torino, Italy
2022 ‘Ri-Abitare’ curated by F. Canfora, Amleto Bertoni Foundation, START/Arte, Saluzzo, Italy
2022 ‘Figure’ curated by L. Motto, Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art “Filippo Scroppo”, Torre
2021 RigenerArti, Gardens of the Reggia di Venaria, Venaria Reale, Italy
2020 ‘Humanature’ curated by L. Cena, White Lands Art Gallery, Torino, Italy
2019 ‘Neapolis – Nuova città, nuove arti’ curated by F. Dell’Aversana, Treccani Foundation,
2019 ‘Passione bi-polare’ curated by G. Romeo, L. Valle, E. Di Mauro, Bevilacqua La Masa
Foundation, Venezia, Italy
2017 ‘Abilitart’ curated by P. Belgioioso, Lascaris Palace, Torino, Italy
2016 ‘GuardiAMOci’ La Triennale, Milano, Italy
2022 Hub of Creativity – Torino Creativa, Torino, Italy
2022 Cultural association Stone Oven House, Rorà, Italy
2022 ‘R-ESISTENZE’ Monografia N°1. Voce/Silenzio, Albertina Press, Torino 2022, p. 198
2021 ‘R-ESISTENZE’ Monografia N°0. Menzogna/Libertà, Albertina Press, Torino 2021, pp.
4, 76, 77, 80, 81.
2021 Civiltà del bere – Copertina della Monografia “Resistenza!”, Civiltà del bere
1/2021, Editoriale Lariana SRL, Milano, cover + pp. 1, 3.
2017 ‘ZonArte’ La Repubblica – Manuale di educazione all’arte contemporanea, Prinp, Torino
2017, pp 88 – 89, 92 – 93.
BY Lorenzo Gnata
BY Lorenzo Gnata
BY Lorenzo Gnata