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Giovanni Cocco’s body of work narrates stories suspended transitorily and in flux. Arguing and opening a dialog on what we see disclosed in front of us. Our more intimate viewpoints of subconscious attraction, allure, and rebellion. Through his art-photography the colours and shadows take a prominent place, which Cocco treats organically. Thus isolating almost iconically a view, a figure, a smile, suggesting them to the viewer in a wonderful frame to be grasped eternally repeatedly. Influenced by the Italian art history and far exotic culture. Giovanni Cocco is one of the most talented and interested artist-photographer of today, having already achieved great recognition with the art institutions and private collectors. (2017 'Monia Book' Fedrigoni Top Award, Barcellona, Spain. 2017 'Monia' Museo di Casa Romei, Riaperture Festival, Ferrara, Italy. 2016 'Displacement' finalist at Emerging Photographer Grant, Burn Magazine -Magnum Foundation. 2016 'Displacement' 3rd place Medphoto Award. 2016 'Monia' Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. 2015 'Displacement' MACRO, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy.

Giovanni Cocco was born in Sulmona in 1973. He graduated as a Electrical Engineer Technician, in 1991. In 1998 he started an ongoing project 'Monia', an intimate portrait about his sister’s life who was disabled since birth. The work has became a book in 2016. With 'Burladies', 2007 - 2010, a series of portraits on Burlesque women’s, he was selected for the “Mentor program” by the International Agency 'VII', where he has been for two years, 2010 - 2012. At the same time he has worked 'on assignment' for L'Espresso Magazine at the 'Moving Walls' project, research about the condition of migrants in the Europe borders, with the Italian journalist Fabrizio Gatti. From 2013 he is working with the Italian writer Caterina Serra on the projects 'Displacement - new town no town' and 'A che ora chiude Venezia', analysis and investigation between photography and writing. About the transformation and homologation of historic Italian cities. Currently he is an independent photographer based between Berlin and Rome.


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