Gian Maria Tosatti
Gian Maria Tosatti creates environmental installations. His projects are usually long-term investigations of topics related to identity. Tosatti focuses on exploring the idea of cities as analogies of their inhabitants’ soul. He is currently developing a project in New York City called I’ve already been here, reflecting on the value of a single human life in this moment of history.
Gian Maria Tosatti (born Rome, 1980) began his career in performing arts in 2002 at Teatro Era-Centro Sperimentazione e Ricerca Teatrale. In 2005, he undertook research at the confluence of architecture and visual arts, which has since inspired all his subsequent site-specific installations. Tosatti is working on two projects, Fondamenta, based on the identification of contemporary age archetypes and Le considerazioni…, dedicated to the enigmas of personal memories and the traces that humans leave behind. His work has been shown at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Naples; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; American Academy in Rome; and Museo Villa Croce, Genoa.tosatti.org
Residents from Italy
Jia-Jen Lin creates images of the human body and its surroundings as a reflection of our psyche. Drawing from personal experience and observations, Lin uses sculpture integrated with photography, video, and performance to portray the ongoing negotiation between our latent desires and the manipulated realities in which we find ourselves. Hybrid cultures, shifting identities, and the relationships between our physicality and psychology are subjects Lin has investigated since 2004. Her recent projects explore the processes of catastrophic losses and how moderations of memories allow us to adapt to change.
Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese artist based in New York. Lin attended National Taiwan Normal University for a BFA in Western Painting and received her MFA in sculpture, installation, and multimedia from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lin has participated in artist residencies at L’Estruch, Sabadell, Spain; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Exhibitions include Queens International 4, Queens Museum; Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, South Korea; Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei; and Manufactura, Hangar Art, Barcelona. She has received grants from several United States organizations including Sculpture Space, Franconia Sculpture Park, and Brooklyn Arts Council.jiajenlin.info
Residents from United States
Mazaccio & Drowilal
Working mainly with photography and collage, Mazaccio & Drowilal humorously deconstruct multiple facets of the contemporary world by gathering and arranging mass media images and objects. Their visual practice and aesthetic approach are heavily influenced by the Internet’s new iconographies and digital culture.
Elise Mazac aka Mazaccio (born 1988) and Robert Drowilal (born 1986) are two French artists who have been working together since 2009 as the duo Mazaccio & Drowilal. Mazaccio studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the School of Visual Arts, New York; Drowilal earned his degree from the Nantes School of Art. In 2013, they were the winners of the BMW Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce. Their work has been exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions at Paris Photo, 2014; The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, 2015; Paris Photo Los Angeles, 2015; and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York, 2016.welivehere.eu