19/26 may 2013
Born in London and raised in Brussels, Giada Ripa graduated from Milan University with an M.A. in Political Science/ International Relations and moved to New York in 1997.
Based between New York City and Milan, she started her career as a photographer in 2000 after studying at ICP (the International Center of Photography) in New York working both as an artist and a correspondent photographer (represented by Grazia Neri agency) for some of the most influential Italian and foreign magazines.
Since then, Ripa has roamed the world, using its topographies as a backdrop for her examinations of personal dislocation in both public and private spaces.
In 2000 Denis Curti curated her first solo show at the Spazio San Carpoforo in Milan. In 2002, Biz-Art in Shanghai and the Italian Insitute of Beijing invited Giada to present her work in two solo shows. Since then a great deal of both her artistic and documentary practices have focused on that area of the world, mainly China, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
She concentrates on the analysis of space as a means for exploring personal identity and has developed a body of work characterized by introspection and experimentation. She often uses landscapes and energy production sites as a backdrop for her performances during which she confronts herself with foreign and distant places loaded with cultural, historical and geopolitical implications.
After being shortlisted in the TERNA ART AWARD in 2009, Giada Ripa had her second solo show in Milan Falling Icons.
The project, Beyond the Oil Route, a personal journey beyond the former Silk Route now known as the Oil Route has been presented at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2008.
Her first Museum solo show at the MMoMA, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, was held during the cultural exchange year between Russia and Italy 2011-2012. In 2013 she will present her works in Milan at Project B Gallery.