Giulio Locatelli (b. 1993) is an Italian artist who lives and works in Bergamo. He holds an MA in Fine Art (Painting) from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. In 2020 Locatelli participated in several awards and group exhibitions: Think BIG! curated by Francesca Canfora in Turin and Extroversions curated by Ghiggini Arte in Varese. In 2021 he participated in the group exhibitions MINIARTEXTIL curated by Paolo Bolpagni, Sonia D'Alto, Giovanni Berera and Festina Stonata curated by Luogo. Giulio was among the finalists of the COMBAT Prize, Laguna Art Prize, and the Nocivelli Prize curated by Ilaria Mariotti and the YICCA Award curated by The Rivoli 2 Association.
His artistic research is based on wire and paper, used as a tool of analysis and reflection and the basic materials of his works. The images that emerge desire to create visions of the world that are not reduced to known places and spaces but allow glimpses of ghostly and changing forms.
The artist says: "The reflection starts from the English term landscape, as this term speaks of lands and escape, of a space in which to get lost and escape, with the anxiety of overcoming the finitude of borders and places of the collective imagination. Driven by the desire to cross and contaminate that limit that arises between the languages of painting and sculpture, The Wire has thus given life to indeterminate forms, open to different connections that through the wire are given shape. Filaments, skeins, knots and tangles that become symbols of relationships, friendships and awareness". Aspects that are persistent in his works are accumulation, storage and sediment that we also find in the Il Libro Delle Seppie made from a series of sheets of handmade paper, stacked and sewn together – plain paper, yet they are rich in marks and scratches so perfectly legible, that we read in them the encounters, moods, stages, kilometres. This work was born from a reflection on the Japanese word tsundoku - a word used to indicate the practice of buying books, leaving them on the shelf and never reading them: however, the work is presented as a book only in form and not in the function, the wires make the text utterly inaccessible by denying the possibility of reading. The artist asks us to trust the artwork in the same way that the pilgrim puts trust towards the journey yet to be made.
Text by Laura Pieri