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Paolo Gioli one of the most innovative Italian artists of recent decades in terms of his experimental approach to photography and film making.   Since the 1960s Paolo Gioli has conducted complex research on the genesis of images, the nature of aesthetic experience and the functioning of visual processes. Constantly engaged in technical and linguistic experimentation, his artistic practice shifts with ease between different forms of expression, from drawing to painting, film to photography, producing ongoing contamination that uses operations derived from cinema for photographic ends, and a pictorial approach to the use of materials and surfaces. His complex experiments have become a reference point in the fields of experimental cinema and contemporary photography: from the rediscovery and radical use of the pinhole camera to the application of self-designed tools or found objects to get away from any ties to optics and mechanics; from the unusual use of Polaroid materials transferred onto various supports like drafting paper, canvas, silk-screen, to investigations of the processes of developing or the photo finish technique.

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Published on the occasion of three exhibitions held in Italy and China, Anthological/Analogue: Films and Photographic Works (1969-2019) examines the films and photographic works – polaroids, photo finishes, silk-screen canvases and lithographic plates – created over a fifty-year period, suggesting a theoretical-iconographic path that revolves around four sections: Nature, Body, Face, and Medium

Paolo Gioli (b. 1942, Rovigo, Italy). Solo exhibitions include Anthological/Analogue, Lecce, Museo Castromediano / Bisceglie, Palazzo Tupputi and Beijing, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (2021), The Nude in the work of Paolo Gioli, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (2018) Anthropolaroid, American Academy, Rome (2018), Gioli e i pittori, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, Italy (2018), Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello (2008), Paolo Gioli. Fotografie, dipinti, grafica, film, P.zzo Esposizioni in Rome (1996), P.zzo Fortuny in Venice and at the Alinari Museum in Florence in (1991. His works are in the collections of many important European and American museums, including the Pompidou Center, the Art Instritute of Chicago and MoMA in New York.

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