The Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts

Are pleased to announce
the first Museum solo show
and first Russian exhibition

Giada Ripa
Date: December 21, 2011 — January 22, 2012
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Tverskoy blvd, 9

The book Displacement is published by Moleskine and will be presented at MMoMA during the exhibition

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA) is pleased to announce the first Museum solo show Displacement by Italian artist Giada Ripa, as part of the Year of Cultural Exchange between Italy and Russia. The show will present new works as well as works from the series Falling Icons and Beyond the Oil Route, two projects created between 2004 and 2011.

Giada lives and works in Italy and New York. Her career started after studying at the International Center of Photography in New York City. In the last few years, her work has focused on the analysis of space as a means for exploring personal identity. In addition to her documentary approach to photography, Giada has developed a body of work characterized by introspection and experimentation. During her travels through the former Soviet Union satellite countries, through the Caucasus and Central Asia, from Georgia to Turkestan, a pressing need for a more personalized way of expression slowly emerged.

Her photographic documentary work in Beyond the Oil Route, focusing on religious minorities and the faces of the hidden people living beyond the former Silk Road, now known as the Oil Route, gave her a starting point for a new form of investigation based on deep introspection.
In her photographs from the series Displacement and Falling Icons, Giada appears as a woman in transit, a wandering figure, an anonymous presence in places that are in transition themselves.

Falling Icons is a poetic narration of «the art of falling,» in which a contemporary woman obsessively confronts herself with foreign and distant places loaded with symbolic stratifications and cultural, historical and geopolitical implications. In these images, space takes over the human figure transforming it into a mere pawn swept up in the processes of transformation of these territories.

In sites of spellbound fascination, Giada places herself in the scene with a fragile stability, a delicate feminine figure captured in the moment of greatest resistance to the forces of gravity. Some of these images aim to restore an identity to places and faces, to recreate a relationship between land and its inhabitants. Created in Turkestan or the Amazon, the Caucasus or Central Asia, they record instances of uprooting, of not belonging, of precariousness, with a language that is direct in appearance only, respectful of the places, yet permeated by a subtle sense of ambiguity. They are born perhaps from an awareness within the author of the transitory nature of one’s own presence, searching not only for the identity of others, but also that of herself.

«...Displacement starts when our curiosity begins to be as unlimited as the infinite choices this contemporary world offers us.
Displacement is what we experience daily when confronting ourselves with the outer world, with the unknown.
Displacement is what makes us uncertain to then generate around us new energies.
Whether it is incapacity to familiarize with the new territories or, in the opposite, the incapacity to alienate from it, in the end, the result is the same.
The wonderment or psychological tension that can rise from the encounter with new territories can both enlarge one’s vision as well as perilously obfuscate its real purpose...»

About the Artist:

Born in London and raised in Brussels, Giada Ripa graduated with an M. A. in International Relations and moved to New York in 1997. Based between New York City and Milan, she started her career as a photographer in 1999 after studying at the International Center of Photography in New York working both as an artist and a correspondent photographer for some of the most influential Italian and foreign magazines. Since then, Giada has roamed the world, using its topographies as a backdrop for her examination 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 Institute of Beijing invited Giada to present her work in two solo shows. A great deal of Giada’s 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. Since 2005, she has been teaching in conjunction with the Master of Art program of Domus Academy in Milan as well as in several other workshops and collaborates with the International Center of Photography in New York.

Past shows:

2011 Un’Ita’, Arianna Rosica & flashart, curator, Industria Super Studios, New York, USA; Sputnik Gallery, New York; 2010 Latheral Bodies, Arterra Museum, Spazio Thetis, Arsenale, Venice, Italy; Detour Journey; The Moleskine notebook experience, Rafaela Guidobono, curator, Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China; 2009 Falling Icons, Elena Agudio e Maddelena d’Alfonso curators, Oratorio della Passione di S. Ambrogio, Milan; L’intenzione del vedere, La citta` e la donna; Insaartcenter Seoul, Korea; L’intenzione del vedere; La citta` e la donna, Rivus Gallery, Incheon Catholic University, Incheon, Korea ; 2008 Beyond the Oil Route, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Festival Roma; CHINA08 at the RCA, Yanki Lee, curator, Royal College of Art, London, UK; CHINA08 at the RCA, Yanki Lee, curator, CRG Gallery New York; Latino Latino America, Castello di Barletta, Raffaela Guidobono, curator, Bari, Italy; Singular, Luxe Gallery, New York, USA; 2007 Abstract Realities, CVZ Contemporary, New York, USA; 2006 Hermes: 10 Oggetti, 10 racconti, 10 Fotografie, Grazia Neri Gallery, Milan, Italy; Bearing the Female Figure, Allen Frame curator, PS122, New York; 2006 Voices of a New Generation of Women, International Museum of Women of San Francisco curator, UN Headquarters, New York, USA ; 2004 Portraits, Esso Gallery, New York, USA; Field of Depth; Landscape in Emerging Photography, Carlos Motta curator, Latin Collector Gallery, New York, USA; 2003 Group Show, Emanuel Lambion curator, Musée du Botanique, Brussels, Belgium; 2002 Advance Notice, International Center of Photography, Allen Frame curator, New York, USA; Your-Self, Sesto Senso, Stefano Pasquini curator, Bologna, Italy; Lost in Space, Italian Cultural Institute, Bejing, China; Lost in Space, BizArt, Davide Quadrio curator, Shanghai, China; 2000 Private Space; Displacement & Illusions, Spazio San Carpoforo, Denis Curti curator, Milan; 1999 International Center of Photography Museum, New York, USA

Future Shows:

2012 Project B Gallery, Milan, Italy; Duo show, Elena Abbiatici, curator, Camera 16 Gallery, Milan, Italy; Sputnik Gallery, New York, USA; 2012 ARCO, Madrid; 2011 MMoMA, Displacement, EreditareIlPaesaggio and Bogdan Mamonov curators, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Publications & Catalogues:

2011 The Invisible Pipeline, text by Giovanna Calvenzi, Book commissioned by Eni ; Displacement, texts by Viktor Misiano, Marco Buttino, Giovanna Calvenzi and EreditareIlPaesaggio curatorial group, Moleskine; 2009 Falling Icons, catalogue, text by Elena Agudio, Maddalena D’Alfonso and Marina Berio; 2002 Lost in Space, catalogue, text by Micaela Giovanotti


2009 Terna Award short-list finalist
2006 International Museum of Women of San Francisco — Imagining Ourselves: Voices of a New Generation of Women , presented at the United Nations in New York