The project stems from the desire of photographing Italian archives and collections, an often-unknown heritage, full of beauty and history. The selected archives contain both museum and private collections. Giovanna Silva has worked over the years taking pictures of the archives in Italy in an unsystematic way, but an invitation made at the beginning of 2020 by the MACRO Museum in Rome -to photograph what is not always accessible to visitors, and then to show the result of her work to the public - led Silva to take note, not only of the heritage contained in the archives of museums, but also of their invisibility.
At the center of this survey will be about thirty archives of public Institutions (including ASAC - La Biennale di Venezia, Pompeii Archives, Naples State Archives, MAXXI Archives), and of personalities from the world of art, architecture and design (Carol Rama, Achille Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, Renzo Piano). The artist's aim is not only to document the content of the archives, but also the locations and methods of archiving, therefore building a narrative within which, in addition to the works and documents, it is possible to describe the places and, through them, Italy.
Giovanna Silva 1980. Lives and works in Milan She teaches at NABA in Milan, at the IUAV in Venice and at the ISIA in Urbino. In 2020 she won the 'Enel Italian Fellow' in Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture at the American Academy Rome.
Cantica21 is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - MAECI and the Ministry of Culture - MiC which promotes and enhances Italian contemporary art, supporting the production of works by emerging or already established artists, and showcasing them at the Italian Cultural Institutes, the Embassies and the Consulates.
Event organized on the occasion of the XVII edition of the Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art promoted by AMACI with the support of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the MiC and the collaboration of the Directorate General for the promotion of the Sistema Paese of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation