A photographic exploration of the architecture, history and people of Naples at the time of the fervent Scudetto celebrations.
An anthropological and costume study, a photographic research on urban architectures, and an artistic reflection on a historical event converge in the book Giovanna Silva has created for the Madre Museum. Silva moves within all these diverse realms, and the result is greater than the sum of its constituent parts. With a deep understanding of Neapolitan urban planning and its historical context, the artist tirelessly traversed the city, portraying it with a composed approach that is less inclined to celebrate excess or isolated incidents. What Silva chose to showcase primarily revolves around the concept of accumulation: the quantity of enthusiastic decorative forms that have transformed the chromatic landscape of Naples as a whole, the horror vacui. Her shots, taken during the most vibrant, intense celebration days, do not soften the present and future of the depicted locations, nor do they domesticate them into stereotypes.
Giovanna Silva lives and works in Milan. As a photographer, she exposed at the Venice Biennale 2006 her work about the city of Bogotà, Colombia. She is the author of Desertions, a chronicle of an american trip with designer Enzo Mari. From 2005-2007 she contributed to Domus and since september 2007 until september 2011 she was the Photo Editor of Abitare. She photographed Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid for the Abitare's special issues Being Renzo Piano and Being Zaha Hadid, 6 month experience of architecture in the making. In 2011 she published the book, Orantes, ed. Quodlibet. In 2012 she published Narratives/Relazioni: Baghdad, Green Zone, Red Zone, Babylon, Mousse Publishing.
She is in the editorial board of San Rocco Magazine. She is the editor of Humboldt Books. She has a column on Doppiozero.