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Gianfranco Pulitano

Emergency exit #9
2'25'' 2009

messina, 1978
The artist is from the generation grown in front of the TV: since the infanthood, he was fed with cartoons, advertising, science-fiction movies. As a small NERD from the Eighties, his interests were early turned toward technological knowledge (the artificial brain myth) rather than soccer game and, if games passionate him at all, were those he found, and collected, within the Kinder Surprise eggs. Soon later, the adolescent fell in love with all sorts of metropolitan culture: street art, break dance and Hip Hop music, especially the first electronically sampled sound research. Finally, he focused on the artistic shapes of urban installations and obsessively investigated the iconic language of street signals, thus taking world as a baseline to allude to, and to spill over into, the world, its visions, its deliriums, its truths. Though never oblivious of the early love for science and technologies, this research path allows for a much cherished and purposefully revealing linkage of the art work with a social accent. Inspired by a playful taste, Pulitano nevertheless conveys thoughtful remarks and a proper philosophy of life about the salient topics of his generation’s material and symbolic environment. Like the creative mixes of a visual DJ of sorts, his recycled art works bring to the fullest expression the inexhaustible semantic richness inherent in the human experience.

2008 Training course of Web Producer (Adobe Flash CS3 – Adobe Dreamweawer CS3 – Adobe Illustrator CS3) Result: First Class Degree in Visual Arts and Performing Arts, with a thesis on "Theory and methodology of contemporary art “ FUTURAMA (Art between science and science fiction). Fine Arts Academy - Reggio Calabria (I) Result: First Class Honours (110/110 +Distinction) 2005 Degree in Graphic Design, with a thesis on "The word design - birth and the development of modern global signs" - Fine Arts Academy – Reggio Calabria (I)Result: First Class Honours (110/110 +Distinction) 1999 Self-taught classes on metropolitan dance – Break Dance tourneys through Italy and Europe

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2009 Artverona 09’International Art Fair of Verona (I) Angel Art Gallery - Milano KunStart 09’-6th International Art Fair of Bolzano(I)Gallery – Artecontemporanea Catania/Bruxells ARTO’ - Artfair in OpenCity 09’ International fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, Palazzo dei Congressi,Roma(I) Gallery – Artecontemporanea Catania/Bruxells 2008 28th Art Expo International fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, curator Philip Malice, Fair of Levante, Bari (I) Art First 2008 International Art Fair of Bologna (I), Vernon Gallery – Prague (Czec Republic) 2007 Artissima 14 International Art Fair of Turin (I), Vernon Gallery - Prague (Czec Republic) CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL 2009 CheapArt -09’ International Contemporary Art Festival of Salonicco Stratopedo kodra, Kalamaria, Salonicco Night Culture -09’International Contemporary Art Festival of Messina(I)Curator Enrica Carnazza, Installation site specific Chiesa S.Maria Alemanna (ME) 2008 TINA-B International Contemporary Art Festival – Prague’08 Section: Darkness Is Noon, curator Rosa Anna Musumeci (Italian cultural centre) Praga, Czech Republic. Sisma’08(Silent South Korean Modern Art) Section: Video installation, curator Remo Malice Ecoland Former Military Arghilla- Catona (RC)(I). Flower - International electronic music festival. Section: Video animation, curator Alessandra Ferlito Mercati Generali – Catania PERFORMANCE/ACTIONS 2009 Rock on ! Street performance for XIV edition of the Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean – (City Square) Skopje, Republic of Macedonia SOLO SHOW EXHIBITIONS 2009 Christmas arToy Angel Art Gallery – Milano 2009 Message Out a Bottle Spazioinmostra Gallery – Milano(I). Biennale JCE 2009/11 (Jeune Création Européenne) Biennale itinérante D’art Contemporain Theatre De Montrouge - Montrouge, Paris XIV edition of the Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean Skopje, Republic of Macedonia NewPOP/POPsurreale Angel Art Gallery – Milano Circle curator Alessandra Menesini Bartoli-Felter Foundation - Ex Lazzaretto Sant'Elia – Cagliari (I) Espressioni Italiane curator RosAnna Musumeci, Francesco Lucifora, Afrodite Oikonomidou Exhibition space Technopolis, Gazi, Atene FAKE ADDICTED (Residency visual project) Atelier Allée de la Valliere - Montrouge, Paris DAB – Roma, Design for Artshop Bookshop curator Ornella Corradini Palazzo delle esposizioni, Roma (I) 2008 SEGNI 20x20 artist invited section, curator selection by Rosa Anna Musumeci D. Terr Gallery-Torino (I) DAB - Design for Artshop Bookshop curator Ornella Corradini Civic Gallery of Palazzo S. Margherita-Modena (I) SEGNI - L’arte sale in tram artist invited section, curator selection by Rosa Anna Musumeci D. Terr Gallery-Torino (I) Recupage curator Alessandra Menesini Bartoli-Felter Foundation - Ex Lazzaretto Sant'Elia – Cagliari (I) XIII edition of the Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean Fair of Levante, Bari (I) Preview of the Biennal young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean curator Enrica Carnazza, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele – Messina (I) 2007 SEGNI 20x20 curator Delia Gianti Turin Public Istitution - Torino (I) Talent to save II Curator Rosalind Leigh Cristina Musarra Foundation, Capo d’Orlando, Messina (I) Musae, Traveling exhibition: Aci Castello, Aci Catena, Grammichele, in Militello Val di Catania, S. Agata Li Battiati , Valverde, Zafferana Etnea. Curated by City Management (Milan) Radical She II curated by FARM AND FAB Art association, Favara Castle, Agrigento (I) Wars or Words? curators Luca Vona and Alessandra Menesini Bartoli-Felter Foundation- ExLazzaretto Sant'Elia – Cagliari (I) Gemine Muse 2007 curator Stefania Lanuzza GAI (national association to promotion Young Italian Artist) - Forte Ogliastra – Messina (I) Choices.it curator Salvatore Lacagnina – Montevergini Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art – Siracusa 2006 Hand Luggage Art Marina Palace Hotel - Acitrezza (CT) (I) Curator Alessandra Ferlito Talent to save curator Rosalind Leigh Cristina St. Maria dei Poveri Church- S. Marco d'Alunzio (ME) (I) Arte & Sud obiettivo contemporaneo curator Antonio Arevalo, Art Museum- Normanno Castle – Acicastello-CT (I); partner: 15 Italian Municipalities, GAI (Young Italian Artists) Quotidiana 06 curators Guido Bartorelli and Stefania Schiavon, Civic Museum el Santo – Padova Tutto scorre curator Gabriele Perretta - Lungomare di Locri - Locri (RC)-Italy

2009 Winner - Celeste Prize 09(Italy) Borroni Factory - Bollate, Milan. Gruppo Bancario Credito Valtellinese – Purchase Award 09’ ARTO’ – International fair of Modern and Contemporary Art – Palazzo dei Congressi - Roma SEAT White Pages Competition ‘08/’09 National Honours Mention and Work published on White Pages - Reggio Calabria City 2008 Mondadori Art Prize ‘ 08 (Sculpture section), Palace of Permanente, Milan - ArSelected - SEAT White Pages Competition ‘07/’08 National Honours Mention and Work published on White Pages - Reggio Calabria City Targetti Light Art international Award - 5TH edition - 7TH Finalist Selected –

WORKSHOPS, STAGES AND RESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE 2009 Open Hardware and creativity: Arduino case Workshop by Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Artist’s Residency in Montrouge – Paris - France (April-May 2009) 2008 Art Numerique - Workshop by Stanley Douglas, professor of Digital Art - School of Art - Aix en Provence. Exploring the opportunities of digital tools stage with Folly and Neural.it, promoted by Labforculture- Levante’s Fair, Bari (I). Sculpture and Digital Animation Workshop by Marcello Reina and Luca Daretti - Levante’s Fair , Bari (I) 2007 Look for Green, Stage by Japanese bio-artist "Jun Takita"- PAV (Living Art Park), Turin (I) Art Shakes Politics (To Extend the Borders of Freedom) Workshop by Daniele Pario Perra and Giancarlo Norese, - S. Lucia del Mela, Messina (I) 2006 Choices.it - Workshop by Artur Zmijewski – Partner: ISIDEM (Islands and Identity in Motion) – and EU - Civic Art Contemporary Museum- Syracuse - Gianluca Collica (Advisor of Heritage Malta) and Salvatore Lacagnina. 2004 Art and Brain, Seminar of Neuroaesthetics, organized by Nobel Prize Semir Zeki Academy of Arts - Reggio Calabria (I)

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