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Selected Works

Drawings 2018

Really Need An Enemy

Camouflage Series

Big Hits

21 July 2001

Quattordecim Periclitationes Ad Terram Simandum

Projections

Nec Plus Ultra

For Your Pleasure

The Rise and Fall of your Chosen Empire

Exhibition view from “The Rise and Fall of Your Chosen Empire” at “Ltd Ink Corporation”, 2019.

Exhibition view from “The Rise and Fall of Your Chosen Empire” at “Ltd Ink Corporation”, 2019.

Exhibition view from “The Rise and Fall of Your Chosen Empire” at “Ltd Ink Corporation”, 2019.

Exhibition view from “The Rise and Fall of Your Chosen Empire” at “Ltd Ink Corporation”, 2019.

FRAGMENTS, plaster, spray paint, overall dimension 50 x 40 cm (approx.), five parts, 2019.

TWO FRIENDS, plaster, spray paint, 10 x 15 cm, 2018.

THE QUEUE, plaster, spray paint, edition of two, 20 x 25 cm, edition of two, 2018.

A GROUP OF FRIENDS, plaster, acrylic paint, 16 x 24 cm, edition of three, 2019.

FRAGMENTS, detail, plaster, spray paint, overall dimension 50 x 40 cm (approx.), five parts, 2019.

ON MY WAY TO WORK, plaster, acrylic paint, 16 x 18 cm, 2019.

THE MOUTH OF TRUTH, plaster, spray paint, nails, diameter 18cm, 2019.

THE RISE AND FALL OF YOUR CHOSEN EMPIRE, plaster and acrylic, 26 x 44 cm, 2019.

THE RISE AND FALL OF YOUR CHOSEN EMPIRE, detail, plaster and acrylic, 26 x 44 cm, 2019.

WILD HORSES, plaster, acrylic paint, overall dimension 72 x 72 cm, nine parts 12 x 12 cm, 2019.

How red those petals are! They are like stains of blood… on the tablecloth.
It is not wise to find symbols in everything you see. It makes life too full of fears.
It was better to say that: stains of blood… are as lovely as… rose-petals.
Carmelo Bene – Salomè, 1972

Alessandro Di Massimo is a cross-disciplinary Italian artist based in Edinburgh. His practice combines installation, drawing, wall painting, sculpture and video exploring issues of every day life, political conflicts, human behaviours and relationships. In this process, Alessandro deconstructs iconic cultural imagery as a form of critique and analysis.

Di Massimo employs popular songs, films, flags, maps, art history and historical archives as a founding material for his work developed to expose the flaws of societal constructs and provoking dialogue around the power of common images, symbols and iconographies in the contemporary.

Images permeate various aspects of life, but because their familiarity, the contents inhabiting them are often overlooked. Nonetheless, they play a crucial role in shaping of today’s society. Di Massimo likes to define his work as an “intruder” in this process. Is there something else that these images, turned into a simulacrum of what they use to be, can tell? Is there anything else that can be told about these images?

Alessandro Di Massimo studied Set Design and Visual Art at Accademia Di Belle Arti in Rome. His work has been exhibited in Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Spain and in other European countries. Recent shows include: The Rise and Fall of Your Chosen Empire, Ltd Ink Corporation, Edinburgh (solo), Acies at The Number Shop, Edinburgh (solo), Refraction at 24hourswindow, Glasgow International, Whole World Working (W.W.W.) at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. He is currently based in Edinburgh and he is a studio member at Rhubaba.

 

Alessandro Di Massimo

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b. 1983
Education

2009 – 2011 MFA Set Design, Accademia Di Belle Arti, Rome (IT)
2004 – 2008 BA  Set Design, Accademia Di Belle Arti, Rome (IT)
1998 – 2003 Fine Art Diploma, Liceo Artistico Statale, Teramo (IT)

Solo Exhibition

2019 The Rise and Fall of Your Chosen Empire – Ltd Ink Corporation, Edinburgh (UK)
2017 Acies – The Number Shop, Edinburgh (UK)
2016 Enough – The Number Shop, Edinburgh (UK)
2014 I’ll Be Your Mirror – Edinburgh Art Festival, Interviewroom11, Edinburgh (UK)

Group Exhibition (Selected)

2019 Cramum Art Prize – Villa Bagatti Valsedo, Varedo (IT) – Upcoming
2019 Utopias – Syn Festival, Summerhall, Edinburgh (UK)
2018 Hawf ‘n’ Hawf (it’s a pals act) – DOK Artist Space, Edinburgh (UK)
2018 Dozen – Edinburgh Art Festival, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (UK)
2018 ENUmigration Conference, Napier University, Edinburgh (UK)
2018 Refraction – Glasgow International, 24hourswindow, Glasgow (UK)
2018 Responding To The Archive – Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh (UK)
2017 Melon – Edinburgh Art Festival, The Number Shop, Edinburgh (UK)
2017 Return Flight – Federation Square Atrium, Melbourne (AU)
2016 W.W.W. (Whole World Working) – Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (UK)
2016 Goulash – Edinburgh Art Festival, The Number Shop, Edinburgh (UK)
2015 Super Market Art Fair – Stockholm (SW)
2015 Fokus video art festival – Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (DK)
2015 Salontology – Embassy gallery, Edinburgh (UK)
2014 RSA Open – Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (UK)
2013 Loop – Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko Biala (PL)
2013 International Clay Festival – Pszczyna (PL)
2012 Tempo Riflesso – Aquila (IT)
2012 Clear Cut – Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, Seville (ES)
2011 Draw The Line Festival – Campobasso (IT)
2010 Pietro Parigi Printmaking Prize – Florence (IT)
2010 Programma – Laszlo Biro Gallery, Rome (IT)
2010 Speed Date+ 20 – Academy of Fine Arts, Rome (IT)
2009 Versus – Mondo Pop Gallery, Rome (IT)
2009 Il Piatto – City Art Center, Ortisei St. Ulrich (IT)
2009 Crack! Festival – Forte Prenestino, Rome (IT)
2007 International Poster Art – Esc Atelier, Roma (IT)

Residencies, Awards and Scholarships

2018 Archivo de Artistas, Shortlisted, Suburbia Gallery, Granada (ES)
2013 Beyond the Time, Artist in Residence, Bielsko-Biala (PL)
2012 Murale Ovidiano, Commission Grant, Sulmona (IT)
2012 Leonardo Scholarship, Seville (ES)
2010 Renato Parigi Printmaking award, Shortlisted, Florence (IT)
2009 Honorary fellowship, Academy of Fine Arts, Graphic Art and Comics, Rome (IT)
2006 Erasmus Scholarship, Academia de Bellas Artes Granada (ES)

Publications

2018 Art Review Glasgow, Issue n°2, The Dissolution Effect, essay with Anastasia Philimonos
2017 Return Flight, publication, Going Down Swimming
2017 Satellites, catalogue, Collective Gallery
2014 I’ll Be Your Mirror, catalogue, IR11 Publications
2010 Renato Parigi Printmaking award, Catalogue
2010 Mono, Issue n°8, Tunuè Edition

Talk

2019 Artist talk, Syn Festival, Edinburgh (UK)
2014 Manifesto of Western Happiness, Interviewroom11, Edinburgh (UK)
2013 Artist talk, Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko-Biala (PL)

Collections

Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko Biala (PL)
Collezione del Comune di Calenzano, Florence (IT)

Press

2018 Five Questions for Alessandro Di Massimo – Formeuniche Magazine
2014 Interview: artist Alessandro Di Massimo on new show I’ll Be Your Mirror – The List
2014 Edinburgo: un agosto fra teatro e arte – Artribune
2014 Visual Communication – Room Magazine

Memberships and Collaborations

Rhubaba, Studio Member, 2018 – current
The Number Shop, Studio Member, 2016 – 2018
Interviewroom11, Publications Coordinator 2014-2016