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Giulia Caira was born in 1970.
She works and lives in Turin (Italy).

The art of Giulia is, in brief, the installation of the mirror. The mirror is the place of the self's impartiality, where space and time no longer participate in its celebration but concur in rendering themselves as presences which help it to locate itself within language.
If art is language, the artist (whether male or female) cannot but run into tautologies. By now the mirror is set up against life, and only the reflection responds to the mirror; the performance takes as its context the domestic theatre, and for its props the materials belonging to the quotidian life of the housewife: cling-film, tin-foil, bin-bags and distorting glasses. The main actor is her body, laid bare and at the same time preserved in the transparency of a material which thrusts the figure into the corner of a deliberately opaque form, into the lumber room of a domesticated image. The performance is thus the border between life and its opposite, the straight stretch whereon facts reveal their flagrancy and receive the proof of their reality. Here the performance does not coincide with the whole but in some way points to and exorcises it, constitutes and postulates it as a matter of principle, without enabling it either to develop or to conclude.
Life becomes the impassive mirror which reflects the wounded name (Giulia Caira), the absence of wholeness and the discrete partiality of a self which assumes even the narcissistic position of the set pose. In short, the name is wounded when, as in this case, the self is totally displaced and intent only on being named, on rendering itself in its visible appearance which permits others to name it. This is the drama of the portrait and of the self-portrait. Even when she establishes her own subjectivity in the shining space of the self-portrait, by means of frontal photography or anamorphic reflection, Giulia Caira uses a superficial vision which allows her thereby to soften her own inner tension. Paradoxically the portrait serves the artist to displace and be displaced from first to third person, to wrap up her own image in the photographic distance. A state of impassivity seems the condition deliberately developed by the artist, who senses the way through to a visual system of pubblicity which dispossesses her. Art becomes a procedure of lightening, of removing a burden, which provides the private self with the comfort of a public, objective presence.
The self-portrait in this case confirms the third person in the sense that the figure represented is third also as regards the authoress herself. In Caira's case the passing from the household space to the domestic theatre, from the private to the public, determines the displacement of identity, inasmuch as being and appearing do not live in the same place, but are on the route which the self must complete in order to be portrayed. The adoption of the impassive mask is the result of an awareness, the consciousness that everything is able to live only by means of language and that behind language is the mysterious tangle of repressions, which on the surface succeed essentially in helping disguises and displacements. The secret and the silence overturned in the public confession of the image constitute a demand for the spectator's complicity, the restoration of an interrupted communication with life which reflects woman's isolation within the social discourse. So the ghost of Giulia is promoted to the image of Caira, the unconscious trasformed into the logic of visual discourse, even if mocked by the intentional awkwardness of a set pose decided without directorial discipline. Sign of the self's obsession with a model which life cannot accommodate and only fiction can sustain. Undoubtedly there coexists the choice of a condition, that of a burlesque state, a movement which doubles life and shifts it into the counter-norm of derision and resentment. The geometry of the photographic click transforms life into a mental adventure, where the imagination is the medium for the rapid flow of elated and reasonable thoughts. Reasonableness expresses itself through the fretting, the ironic reflection upon a condition of a self-made woman who confirms her own identity in the exaltation of an image produced by an ironically sado-masochistic plot.
In Genet's The Maids the housemaids take advantage of the absence of their mistress to assume her clothes and behaviour; here Giulia Caira takes advantage of her own solitude to prise herself open, creating around her the excited performance of thoughts and misgivings. It is not the voyeuristic shiftiness of the petit bourgeois in the respectability of an elegant set pose, but rather the redemptive transferral of profound drives into the polychromatic objectivity of photography which, without moralising, documents a playful, solitary eroticism.
The pornographic gaiety of Caira's images documents the successful outcome of a splitting which strengthening existence but not as a happy splitting of a condition which constructs around itself the virtual album of its own double.

Achille Bonito Oliva, 1999
 
 
 
Giulia Caira - Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2012

Un secolo e 7, Museo Nazionale Alinari della fotografia, Firenze (Italy)

2010

Clueless. Inconcludenze quotidiane , Ex Manifatture Tabacchi, Torino (Italy)
  Temporary Art Cafè, Torino (Italy)
  Visual Bands, L.U.C.C.A., Lucca (Italy)
  Contact-S. Luoghi dell'arte contemporanea, Istituto statale Giorgio de Chirico, Torre Annunziata, Napoli (Italy)

2009

Home Sweet Home, Dorsky Gallery , Long Island City, New York (USA)
  Made in Turin, Camera di Commercio di Torino, Torino (Italy)
  Traffic: Torino Reloaded, Allegretti Contemporanea, Torino (Italy)
  Open Air Wionter Lab, Nietzsche Fabrik, Torino (Italy)
  Casa di bambola (Doll's House), Castello Visconteo Sforzesco, Vigevano (Italy)
  Home Sweet Home, Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi (India)

2008

Sguardi interiori, Galleria Sottopasso della Stua, Padova (Italy)
  Art and love 5: senza scrupoli, Villa Capriglio, Torino (Italy)
  Identità multiple-Corpi come mappe interiori, CAMS-Università della Calabria, Rende (Italy)

2007

I 10 anni di io espongo, Spazio Azimut, Torino (Italy)
  La fondazione De Fornaris:25 anni d'arte, GAM-Galleria d'arte moderna, Torino (Italy)
  In sede-che scatto!, Divisione servizi culturali di Torino, Torino (Italy)
  Il velo, Il filatoio, Caraglio (Italy)
  Profumo di cacao, La Giardinera, Settimo Torinese, Torino, (Italy)
  Supermodels II: Real vs Unreal, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Roma (Italy)
  Rewind, Gas Art Gallery, Torino (Italy)
  Visioni parallele, galleria Mar & Partners, Torino (Italy)
  Biennale di video e fotografia contemporanea, Alessandria (Italy)

2006

I simulacri del quotidiano, Guzman Art, Torino (Italy)
  In su, nell'azzurro, come una piuma, Scuola Holden, Torino (Italy)
  Il giuoco delle parti, Galleria Dieffe, Torino (Italy)
  La donna oggetto. Miti e metamorfosi al femminile, Castello Sforzesco, Vigevano (Italy)
  Supermegadrops 2, CRAC, Cremona (Italy)
  Colpo d'occhio, Teatro Salvini, Pieve di Teco (Im) (Italy)
  Video Dia Loghi, Centre Culturel Francais, Torino (Italy)

2005

Suoni e visioni, Galleria Roberto Rotta Farinelli, Genova (Italy)
  Video.it 7, Circolo degli artisti, Torino (Italy)
  Dulcis in fundo, Biblioteca di Imola, Imola (Italy)
  Gemine Muse, Pera Museum, Istambul (Turkey)
  ManifesTo, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Torino (Italy)
  In sede 2005, Palazzo della Provincia di Trento, Trento (Italy)
  Clip'it, Biennale di Praga, Prague (Czech Republic)
  Clip' it, British School, Roma (Italy)
  Clip' it, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (Italy)
  Cromosoma X, Galleria Joice & Co., Genova (Italy)
  Cromosoma X, Galleria Sottopasso della Stua, Padova (Italy)
  ABC Libera l'arte che pedala, Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino (Italy)
  Personal Velocity, En Plain Air, Pinerolo, Torino (Italy)

2004

Femme Fatale, Zonca e Zonca, Milano (Italy)
  Oddesign!, Salone del Libro, Torino (Italy)
  Farsi spazio, Accademia Albertina, Istituto A. Steiner, Torino (Italy)
  Food Design - A pranzo con Babette, Cortile del Maglio, Torino (Italy)
  ManifesTO, Piazza San Carlo, Torino (Italy)

2003

In faccia al mondo, Museo Villa Croce, Genova (Italy)
  Autori/Tratti/Italiani, Casa Tartini, Piran (Slovenia)
  Corpo sociale, Galleria Pack, Milano (Italy)

2002

To1902002 Manifatture aristocratiche, Palazzo Cavour, Torino (Italy)

2001

Generazionale, Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza (Italy)
  La GAM costruisce il suo futuro, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemp, Torino (Italy)
  Corporate Identity, En Plain Air, Pinerolo, Torino (Italy)
  Terrazzino, S. F., Vietri sul Mare (Italy)
  Il '900 in fotografia e il caso torinese, Museo della stampa e della grafica, Roma (Italy)
  Odissea, Museo Revoltella, Trieste (Italy)
  Red and White, Stamperia dell'arancio, Ascoli Piceno (Italy)

2000

Il furore dei novanta, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin (Germany)
  Artbeat 2, Acquario romano, Roma (Italy)
  NA.TO., GAle GAtes, New York (USA)
  Supermodel, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)
  Camera della donna, Temple Gallery, Roma (Italy)
  Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)

1999

Nuovo nomadismo individuale, Casa di Rigoletto, Mantova (Italy)
  Art Brussels, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Brussels (Belgium)
  Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)
  Proiezioni 2000, Quadriennale - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (Italy)
  Autori-tratti italiani, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia (Italy)
  MIR Arte nello spazio, Museo Civico, Fiera di Bolzano, Bolzano (Italy)
  Art Beat, La Posteria, Milano (Italy)
  Corporea Art-Drome, Castello di Rivara, Rivara (To) (Italy)
  Notte, Sala 1, Roma (Italy)
  Arte al muro, Salone de "La Stampa", BIG, Torino (Italy)
  Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)

1998

Identity, Galleria Massimo Carasi, Mantova (Italy)
  Contropiede, Galleria Vero Stoppioni, Santa Sofia, Foggia (Italy)
  Eccentrica, Sala Cassero, Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna (Italy)
  Art Frankfurt, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Frankfurt (Germany)
  Eccentrica, Rocca Sforzesca, Imola (Italy)
  Disidentico. Maschile, femminile e oltre, Palazzo Branciforte, Palermo (Italy)
  Disidentico. Maschile, femminile e oltre, Maschio Angioino, Napoli (Italy)
  Art Cologne, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Cologne (Germany)

1997

Versus III, Ex Lanificio Bona, Carignano, Torino (Italy)
  Paris Photo, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Paris (France)
  Arena, Melbookstore, Roma (Italy)
  Collezione permanente, Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea, Siracusa (Italy)
  Che cosa sono le nuvole?, Guarene Arte, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, Guneo (Italy)
  Artissima, Galleria ES, Galleria Dialoghi, Torino (Italy)
  The World from the Female, En Plain Air, Pinerolo, Torino (Italy)
  In fuga, Palazzo Massari, Ferrara (Italy)
  Aperto '97, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Perugia (Italy)
  Locus Amoenus, Palazzo Canalis, Cumiana, Torino (Italy)
  Sesto incontro con artiste torinesi, Palazzo Cisterna, Torino (Italy)

1996

She Sells Seashells (at the Seashore), Via degli artisti, Torino (Italy)
  Torino a Milano, Galleria Bianca Pilat, Milano (Italy)
  Il nibbio di leonardo e la fauna di Carpi, Cortile di San Pio V, Carpi, Modena (Italy)
  XXVI Premio Suzzara, Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea, Suzzara, Mantova (Italy)
  Modernità progetto, Ex Lanificio Bona, Carignano, Torino (Italy)
  Giro d'Italia, Galleria L'Attico, Roma (Italy)

1995

Premio Mario Ziliani, Antico Oratorio della Passione, Milano (Italy)
  Critica in opera 6, Sala comunale d'esposizione, Castel S. Pietro Terme, Bologna (Italy)
  Immagini come luoghi, Progetto Artifex per il Forte di Bard, Bard, Aosta (Italy)
  Nuovi arrivi, Galleria di San Filippo, Torino (Italy)
  Delirium Design, Fiera di Verona, Verona (Italy)
  Scatti, ES, Torino (Italy)

1994

Cordata, sei spazi diciotto artisti a Torino, Artifex, Torino (Italy)
  La visione scostante, Artifex, Torino (Italy)
  Voilà les Ritals, Maison des jeunes et de la culture, Annecy (France)
  Biennale dei giovani artisti, Corderie, Lisbon (Portugal)
 
 
Giulia Caira - Selected Solo Exhibitions
 

2010

Another Fiction (with Iapino and Papaia), VM21 Artecontemporanea, Roma (Italy)

2007

Zona disagio, CRAC Alsace, Cremona (Italy)

2005

Non conforme, Galleria Dieffe, Torino (Italy)

2002

Déjà-vu, Circolo degli artisti, Faenza (Italy)

2000

Speculum, Galerie De Miguel, Munich (Germany)
  Speculum, project room ARCO, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Madrid (Spain)

1999

Untitled, ES, Torino (Italy)
  Speculum, project room Art Cologne, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Cologne (Germany)
  Speculum, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)

1996

Giulia Caira 1996, ES, Torino (Italy)
  Fasi transitorie, Galleria Modena 55, Torino (Italy)

1995

Untitled, De-Pot and Hip Hop Gallery, Bologna (Italy)
 
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