GIOVANNI GIARETTA

An inaccurate distance
Untitled
(Portrait study)

A thing among things
Everything into something else
Bicycle
Moon
Composition for Ulexite
To make words become things
and not events

Untitled
(Misteri d’Italia)
Effetto Majorana
(La Solfatara, recording of disappearance)
Study for a drawing
(completed by its own shadow)

The uncanny parrot
Dans la Baleine
The house

Exhibitions

Cv

Links & Words

Contact

 

 

To make words become things and not events

35x42 cm
C-print
Series of 5
2014

The work consists of images of my mother’s handwritten transcriptions of popular songs. She is a singer who, being non-English speaking, cannot understand the meaning of the original words and through this process of transcribing, the song’s lyrics become a new or imagined language.
A selection was made of the lyrics that refer to geographical locations.
The different places are only evoked through a bastardised English and as such only a stereotype remains; an unreachable reference point. The intimate translation that unintentionally results, creates a new landscape, the words becoming things or signs of a place that exists only in personal dreams.

 

View of the installation: To make words become things and not events, Bicycle, Giovanni Giaretta/Renato Leotta Effetto Majorana (La Solfatara, recording of disappearance)
Function Creep,Amsterdam, NL
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij