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Valentina Loi

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I use video, photography and paint to express one conceptual idea. The work starts with video footage and photography that are usually shot when I am travelling between places. (often between Europe and New York) It is this inbetweeness that I try to capture in my work. There is a parallel between my identity of being American and European, and the various mediums in my work. This parallel is often a conceptual discussion between painting, photography and video. These mediums are used as tools to discuss the battling between these mediums.

I was born in Milan and grew up in Paris and New York. I did my MFA at New York University and received two educational grants and an award for art and technology. My first solo show was organized at Artopia gallery in Milan in 2003; a catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition. I participated in “Painting as Paradox” at Artists Space New York curated by Lauri Firstenberg in 2002 and ASSAB One 2004 curated by Roberto Pinto, Nurture Art curated by Stefanie Jeanjean in Brooklyn New York 2006. My latest exhibition was held at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne Australia curated by Chiara Agnello and Roberta Tenconi,. I have won the “Moving’Up GAI” grant in Italy in 2005, and was awarded the “Roger Dubuis Foundation Prize of Contemporary Art” in Geneva in 2004. For the last year I have been part of the residency at the Centre International de Récollets in Paris merit to the patronage of the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art. Reviews of my work have been published in magazines such as NY Arts Magazine and Flash Art and in newspapers such as Le Reppublica.

Back in the studio, the creative process turns into video-painting and photography. Each medium is worked separately but correlates to each other conceptually. I integrate painting photography and video in a way that they become confusing, and there identity is lost. The photos have painting on them the painting has video and photography in it and same with the videos. Trying to merge these, seen as opposite, mediums to create one medium. Often asking the question of : ‘Where do the lines and roles of painting, photography and video lie in art today ?’ I am also trying to capture an inbetweeness of these mediums, and this inbetweeness can be often portrayed with different conceptual ideas, using people and often putting myself infront of the camera to create these situations.

Valentina Loi
Paris
France
Europe

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