(B. 1967, Naples, Italy)
Francesco Jodice’s art explores the transforming social landscape of our time, with a particular focus on urban anthropological phenomena and the creation of new participatory processes. His projects are aimed at building a common ground between art and geopolitics, presenting artistic practice as a form of civil poetics. He is on the faculty of the MA programs in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies and Photography and Visual Design at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, and of Scuola Holden in Turin. He was among the founders of the Multiplicity and Zapruder groups. He has been in major group exhibitions such as Documenta, the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennial, the ICP Triennial in New York, and has shown his work at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Tate Modern in London and the Prado in Madrid. His main projects include What We Want, a photographic atlas; The Secret Traces, an archive of urban experiments in shadowing; and Citytellers, a film trilogy about new forms of urbanization. We were proud to exhibit his works Atlante, American Recordings and Sunset Boulevard which explore the future of the Western World.
His ongoing work What We Want is a window onto changes in landscape as the projection of collective desires. Composed of photos and text, it forms a gradually expanding archive, currently made up of works made in some 150 metropolises around the world, with the aim of comparing “similar phenomena in different parts of the world” (Peter Handke). The project began in 1996 and is still underway, blending together the languages of humanist photography, geopolitics, topography, conceptual art, montage and writing, in the quest for a comprehensive view.