She is an audio-visual artist working with film, video, and installation. Her work focuses on the female experience, employing experimental and documentary strategies to explore themes of intimacy, permanence, and memory, along with the analysis of language and semiotics. Giolo uses her camera to capture the ‘mundane’ moments of everyday life to reveal their hidden depth. Her works have been exhibited internationally at festivals, museums, and galleries, including MAXXI–National Museum of 21st Century Art, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Palazzo Strozzi, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Kunsthalle Wien, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Media City Film Festival, Viennale, FIDMarseille, Cinéma du Réel and Punto de Vista, to mention a few. She was an artist in residence at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, SeMA NANJI Seoul Museum of Art, WIELS Centre for Contemporary Art, CASTRO Contemporary Art Studio Roma, Residency Unlimited New York and Fogo Island Arts.
WORK ON DISPLAY
The Demands of Ordinary Devotion (2022)
16 mm scanned to digital file color, sound
The video consists of the casual play of a series of fortuitous meetings in workshops and homes in the city of Rome. Although never appearing together, the different protagonists – a mother, a carpenter, a potter, a basket maker, a woman director, a butcher, and others – are inextricably linked to one another by their actions. These small, great gestures, having different purposes yet strong resemblances, are strongly characterized by an ‘ordinary devotion’ towards things and people, by the care and accuracy with which they are performed. The meaning of the work is perpetrated by the gestural movements and the sounds associated with these actions, slowly building up to a visual exploration of physical dimension. The work invites us to reflect on the process of making, on the perspective of giving life, on the uncertainties of creation, balance, and composition.