“Parallel Journeys” by Italian photographer Anna Paola Pizzocaro launched “Artists in Residence at Villa Firenze”, a series promoted by Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio and his wife Micaela held at Villa Firenze, the Residence of the Italian Ambassador to the United States.
The series aims to explore the new frontiers of Italian contemporary artistic research. “Ever since I became Ambassador of Italy to Washington, Micaela and I have decided to promote the presence of young Italian artists on the Washington Museum scene, which has long focused on various aspects of Italian art” Ambassador Armando Varricchio said.
The project “Parallel Journey” consists in a selection of Pizzocaro’s most famous series “Unanswered Prayers” and “Walking Distances in Wonder”, and is ongoing at Villa Firenze from June 14th through September 30th 2016.
“Unanswered Prayers” and “Walking Distances in Wonder” come together for a parallel journey, subtly guiding the human spirit in an almost surreal awakening on the ecosystem and the impending climate change issues.
From the artist: “My aesthetic concept is based on preferring those daily life scenes that seem apparently trivial, moments that may be part of a dull daily moment and which can then be distorted with an incredible or catastrophic event such as the introduction of a massive water flow in a New York flat on a sleepy morning, or bisons living next to orcas, wandering fireflies, seals and sirens in this world in perennial change due to global warming. This aspect is influenced by my background in cinema, and in particular my passion for that cinematic aesthetics typical in Hitchcock movies, in fact, almost in any of his scripts he takes a single ordinary event and, by adding a detail, he transforms the whole situation into a series of extraordinary events. The “unusual” is in the detail. With digital manipulation I like to create surreal photographic artworks that transcend normal expectations into extraordinary."
About the artist
Anna Paola Pizzocaro, born in Milan, has always had a strong artistic tendency that lead her to attend the Fine Art Academy in Milan, where she graduated in painting, and ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris, where she graduated in animation and post production techniques. In 2003 she achieved with honors a MFA in Aesthetics at Sorbonne University (Paris I), France.
Before embracing the photography business, Anna Paola Pizzocaro worked in special effects and post production in cinema and in television. In her pictures the cinematic element is very strong certainly due to her previous background in the field.
Having moved to New York, she decided to dedicate herself intensely to the photography research. She graduated from GS Program at ICP (International Center Of Photography) in NYC in 2009.
She has already participated in many international exhibitions with great success, worth mentioning are New York, Assisi, Lucca, Miami, Las Vegas, San Diego, Brooklyn, Dubai, London, Milan, Como, Verona, Padua, Genoa, Chianciano Museum of Art (Florence, Tuscany), Lu.C.C.A. Museum of Contemporary Art (Lucca, Tuscany). Moreover, she had a solo show at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. in 2014.