弗朗切斯科·乔亚基尼：我1985年出生在意大利的洛雷托。我在马切拉塔大学攻读传播学，并于2011年毕业。2014年我参加了斯莱德美术学院（伦敦）举办的夏季绘画课程。之后在2016年，我参与到艺术家克里斯托在意大利伊塞奥湖创作的装置艺术项目《漂浮的码头》。2018年我从马切拉塔美术学院取得了绘画的硕士学位。从2015年开始，我参加了不少群展，摘得了艺术奖项。2018年，我的第一个个人展览《弗朗切斯科·乔亚基尼：失踪的日子》在马切拉塔举办。这一年，我还获得了“马尔凯奖”，我的获奖作品被阿斯科利皮切诺市立美术馆永久收藏。我的作品被多本画册、杂志和艺术网站收录和报道，其中包括Arte、Juliet art magazine、exibart.com、rivistasegno.eu、artsy.net、artland.com、artrabbit.com、medium.com、arshake.com、artconnect.com、untitledv.com。2019年4月，我入选了柏林的一个艺术驻留项目，创作的作品最终在绿丘画廊的群展上展出。从此，我在柏林生活和工作，拥有了一间工作室，继续着我的艺术事业。
弗朗切斯科·乔亚基尼：我感觉很难说出所有艺术家的名字，因为他们真的很多。如果你指的是在世的当代艺术家，我会说我对格伦·利贡（Glenn Ligon）的作品很感兴趣，卢卡·贝尔托洛（Luca Bertolo）的画作也很动人。
Artist Interview | Francesco Gioacchini
Independent & Image Art Space: What’syour background?
Francesco Gioacchini: I was born in Loreto,Italy, in 1985. I first studied Communication at the University of Maceratawhere I graduated in 2011; I attended a summer program in Life painting at theSlade School of Fine Art in London in 2014 and in 2016 I worked on “The FloatingPiers”, art installation made by Christo at Iseo Lake in Italy. In 2018 Igraduated for a second time, obtaining a master’s degree in Painting withhonors from the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata. Since 2015 I have beenparticipating in several group exhibitions and art prizes. In 2018 I presentedmy first solo show in Macerata with the title “Francesco Gioacchini. MissingDays”, during the same year I was awarded with “Premio Marche” and my winningartwork has become part of the permanent collection of the Pinacoteca Civica inAscoli Piceno. My work has been published and featured in various catalogues,art magazines and art websites such as Arte, Juliet art magazine, exibart.com,rivistasegno.eu, artsy.net, artland.com, artrabbit.com, medium.com, arshake.com,artconnect.com, untitledv.com. In April 2019 I have been selected for an Artresidency in Berlin with a final group exhibition at Green hill gallery, sincethen I live and work in Berlin where I have a studio and carry on my artisticresearch.
Independent & Image Art Space: How youwere inspired to do the pieces now showing at RE-SEE?
Francesco Gioacchini: The Two Kids pieceswere inspired by a fresco that I have at home in Berlin; it was kind of abeautiful surprise discovering a fresco in the wall of my bedroom. In my twoworks the classical figures in the background are partially covered by thespray; I was interested in creating this kind of collision. The inspiration forBodies form art has come from Raphael’s Madonna della Rosa, while the pieceentitled We used to draw on the table is more connected to my personal memoryand to the high school days. In this painting as well we can see scribbles,writings and notes along with drawings and reproductions of classicalpaintings. I like to merge and juxtapose elements which come from differenttimes, spaces, environments.
Independent & Image Art Space: Who aresome other artists you are moved by right now?
Francesco Gioacchini: It is alwaysdifficult to name other artists, there would be many names. If the question isreferred to contemporary living artists I can say that I am interested in GlennLigon’s work and right now I am really fascinated and moved by Luca Bertolo’spaintings.
Independent & Image Art Space: Do youthink which current art world trends are you following?
Francesco Gioacchini: Well, I believe thatan artist should not follow a trend; he can be part of an art movement instead.I understand the question and I am aware of nowadays in particular, withmassive communication, social media, especially Instagram, art has never beenso visible to people and so widely spread all over the world. Nevertheless,most of the time we don’t experience the artwork itself but images of artworksthrough a digital screen. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid this overexposureof images, and contemporary art is not “immune” to this practice. Of courseit’s a great opportunity for artists in general having this visibility butoften it seems that the content ends up flattening out and conforming, and thiscould be a big risk. Going back to your question, to be honest I try to not tofollow any trend (even though it is not easy), I rather prefer being inspiredby single artists and I try to look at my real and physical surroundingsinstead of giving too much attention to the digital ones. I grew up in Italyand of course this has a big influence on my work; I am now living in Berlinand also this experience influences my work. I can say that I am trying to feedmy art with these two worlds.
Independent & Image Art Space: Are youcreating new work while social distancing?
Francesco Gioacchini: Quarantine and socialdistancing have been an odd time. When the situation was getting bad I decidednot to go to the studio anymore, in order to avoid taking public transport andmeeting people. I left the work that I had in the studio on hold and I organizedmyself to do small size artworks at home. Before the quarantine began inGermany I had spent a few days in Italy, where the situation was alreadybecoming very serious, I managed to return to Berlin with one of the lastavailable flights and I took everything I needed to work from home. So Iorganized myself with drawings, projects, small size canvas and I must say thatit was an opportunity. I believe that artists in some way “enjoy” solitude andtime to think; social distancing it’s hard for daily life but maybe it’s moreacceptable for an artist and his/her work. In any case, since a few weeksluckily the situation in Berlin has improved considerably and I have startedworking in my studio again.