The Project Room - curated by Giulia Zorzi - presents the work of photographer and visual artist Giulia Iacolutti, focusing on relational art projects related to gender and issues identity.
The project entitled Casa Azul is a socio-visual investigation into the stories of five trans women imprisoned in a male penitentiary in Mexico City. The work recalls the processes of construction of the self and the practices of people whose bodies are considered doubly abject both because of their identity and their condition of isolation.
Casa Azul is a male penitentiary in Mexico City. It is ‘azul’ – blue – like the colour of the uniforms that all prisoners are obliged to wear.
Handmade with the cyanotype technique, characterised by the typical Prussian blue, the portraits of the protagonists share the space with their manuscripts and some photographs of healthy prostatic cells captured under a microscope and treated in pink, in collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Research in Bellvitge (IDIBELL). Where blue evokes appearance and imposed identity, pink refers to interiority, being and self-determination.
The work invites a reflection on gender binarism and the eternal struggle these people face to be what they are: women.
On Saturday 11 December, the artist will lead a workshop on the gestures of affection open to participants with and without disabilities, with the aim of breaking down barriers and inhabiting one's own space and that of others, increasing awareness of the shared psycho-physical need to feel affection and pleasure. The workshop is conceived on the occasion of the 17th Giornata del Contemporaneo, promoted by AMACI Associazione dei Musei d'Arte Contemporanea Italiani - of which the PAC is a founding member - with the support of the Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Giulia Iacolutti (1985) is a photographer and visual artist who mainly focuses on relational art projects dealing with identity, gender and sexuality issues. She uses different media (video, audio, embroidery, performance) in addition to photography. Her work belongs both to private and public collections and has been exhibited in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United States and Switzerland. She has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award and awarded with the Marco Bastianelli Prize / Best Artist Book and the Premio Paolo Cardazzo for Contemporary Art, Venice. Giulia Iacolutti is represented by studiofaganel Gallery, Gorizia.