Galleria Bianconi is pleased to present The Mating Season of Frenzy Breeze, a solo exhibition by Gioia Di Girolamo (Pescara 1984, lives in Los Angeles), curated by Andrea Lacarpia.
Affection in social relationships and in biological processes of conservation and development of organisms may show common features. The boost that leads man to relate to others by creating interpersonal relationships is the same energy that makes every living being an open and non-isolated system, driven by a continuous exchange with the environment. The perception of indivi- duality is shaped by the relationship with the outside that constantly redefines the boundaries, in a flow of chemical processes and mental projections. We have witnessed major changes in the means of communication with the development of digital technology, which on the one hand break free from the physical presence and on the other recall their presence emphasizing the emotional dimension. The pos- sibility to gain emotional fulfillment with fictitious means causes new neuroses and addictions, leading many people to a progressive isolation in a microcosm without real interlocutors, where even the perception of oneself and one's own corporeity is threate- ned by the lack of exchange with the outside world. The emotional solitude – an ever more current existential condition – is told by Gioia Di Girolamo through a fictional character, called Frenzy Breeze, who becomes a metaphor for a contemporaneity in which the physical dimension is replaced by images and narrations that are easily available online, surrogates that provide sensory fulfillment to take the place of the real experience. The environment of Frenzy Breeze is closed as a biosphere that is self-nourished with no contact with the outside, in a continuous cir- cle of satisfaction of artificially fed desires. Interested in the current transformations in the ways of perceiving the body and the affections, in a world increasingly characterized by the pervasiveness of technology and digital communication, Gioia Di Girola- mo analyzes with sarcasm and a critical eye the phenomena of internet addiction associated with the spread of social media and contents providing sensory experiences through virtual stimuli. The need to communicate with other people, to create emotional relationships and to increase self-esteem, during the excessive use of virtual instruments can take on grotesque and paradoxical features, disclosing unease behind the sweeter and cozier appearance. Gioia Di Girolamo reworks the ambiguities of the imaginary web oriented to the satisfaction of desire, from online dating chats to ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos that provide pleasure and relax through particular sound stimuli, showing the critical aspects to tell the present in its contradictions. Gioia Di Girolamo, with an experimental attitude in the use of materials, combines various media in her installations, including video, sculpture and painting, activating sensory experiences that refer to an impalpable physicalness, capable of stimulating a tactile as well as evanescent sensitivity. Thus, an elusive reality is generated, where the unity of body and individual dissolves ge- nerating different weightless identities.