Giorgia Volpe

Artist Statement

My practice reflects a path driven by a desire to establish multiple, open and diverse relationships between the artist and society, between art and life. I am interested in intercultural landscapes in a field of relationships that appeal to sensory, affective, individual and collective memory. My artistic practices are nourished by actions, stories and objects that come from the domestic world and from daily life. Through my work, I study the relationship between the body and its environment by exploring transition areas, notably between the inside and the outside, the individual and the collective, the intimate and the public, the real and the imaginary. My approach inspires me to perform polymorphic experimentations (in situ projects, actions, installations, videos, photographs and drawings), that emphasize the notion of process, gestures, and of construction through repetition, variation and accumulation. In particular, I draw from remnants that end up in recycling centers or landfill sites, working with readily available materials and discards. Two parallel and complementary components characterize my artistic research. One is the social component, which consists of occasional and ephemeral interventions within diverse communities, and is more concerned with the collective memory. The other is a more intimate component, which emphasizes sensorial and affective memory through photographs, videos, actions and installations. My path in the public space is punctuated by a set of performative, environmental or collaborative interventions and result from a reflection on my experience of the communities and on a recognition of the codes and the languages of the places of intervention.

About the Artist 

Brazilian-Canadian artist Giorgia Volpe, whose multidisciplinary practice often fosters relationships and dialogue —whether through interventions, public performances, or art objects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the University of São Paulo as well as a master’s degree from Laval University in Québec City. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, public interventions and artist residencies in Canada, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, China, Thailand, France, Portugal, among others. Her works have been exposed in venues and events such as Résonance de la Biennale de Lyon, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Orange, MAC Sao Paulo, International Design Biennale in St-Etienne, Centre Vu, Galerie Foremen, MSVAG, Fonderie Darling, Xiang Xishi Center for Contemporary Art, Symposium International of Baie St- Paul, Manif d’art de Québec, Symposium international Art Nature les Jardins du précambrien, Bangkok Art & Culture Center, The Rooms, to name only a few. In 2012, Éditions Sagamie published the monograph Giorgia Volpe, Mues et Entrelacs (Authors: Anne-Marie Bouchard and Annie Hudon-Laroche, bilingual). She received the 2017 Videre Prize awarded by Manif for her exhibition Weaving the existing. In 2018, she presented her work La Grande Manufacture, in the context of Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant …?, Carrefour International de Théâtre de Québec; Passage Migratoire III, Passage Insolite 2018, Ex-Muro, Quebec; and also Cadences, a public artwork for the 375th anniversary of foundation of Montreal also presented in September at Contextile 2018, in Portugal. 

Migration Pathway was originally created for Passages Insolites, a public art circuit design by EXMURO and presented by the City of Quebec. EXMURO is grateful to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its financial support.

Photo Credits: Stephane Bourgeois, Jean-François Boisvert