Riccardo Giacconi

Opening, September 27, 2022
Exhibition, September 28 – November 4, 2022

In his artistic practice anchored in long-term research, Riccardo Giacconi reveals relationships between different temporal and/or spatial momentums. He employs techniques of narration and rhetoric to trace the fracture lines of human coexistence and the history of the twentieth century: What do the disappearance of a cow, possession by a puppet, a paradox in quantum physics, and a bus falling into a river have to do with one another? What’s the link between an Italian musician from the 1980s, technological innovations, the Commedia dell’Arte, and Giambattista Tiepolo? Which connecting lines can be drawn between folkloristic Colombian puppet theater and a soldier refusing to depart for a colonial war in Libya?

Riccardo Giacconi works with fiction, abstraction, and storytelling. He studies sociopolitical relations prevailing today through the lens of past events and synthesizes recurring patterns in the history of Europe into new poetic moments. The artist weaves his films, objects, and archival research into multifarious installative narratives in the exhibition space, while always being aware that the narrative as an artistic form is a constitutive element for grasping the world. Hence, Riccardo Giacconi not only recounts stories; he creates a new world through his own narratives.

Riccardo Giacconi (b. 1985 in Italy) lives and works in Italy.


Riccardo Giacconi, Diteggiatura, 2021