Giusy Pirrotta



My practice comprises the use of different media such as film, video, ceramic, photography and print on different materials. My research is finalized to the making of site-specific environments which investigate the perception activity of light visualization, and the use of moving image in relation to different languages.

I am interested in the equipment used in the projection process and the space where moving image is exhibited (cinema, museum and gallery) and my intent is to transform them. My aim is to expand the borders between disciplines such as art, craft, design and moving image, subverting the pre-established use of a specific medium or language.

In my practice, the use of moving image is complemented by the use of sculpture and experimentations with light sources and other materials. My work emerged from the study of moving image and the use of analogue media (16mm film, super8, film projector, slides, etc.) as well as the use of DIY methods for developing and printing film, that I practiced as means to analyse the materiality of moving image and the projection process in relation to the exhibition context and the viewer. This analysis focused my interest on the sculptural qualities of light and on the making of objects that elaborate on the phenomenon of light perception and how it is experienced by the viewer.

My aim is to give consistency to light through the use of sculpture to create a tactile experience not only in relation o the object but also to the surrounding. Therefore my interventions are finalised to the creations of environments that lead the viewer to question on the mechanisms of seeing and on the projection phenomenon as well as on the context that is usually linked to this.


Giusy Pirrotta is an Italian born artist who lives and works in Milan. Her work focuses on the study and the manipulation of moving image and its representation codes. A particular aspect of her research is related to the analysis of the ephemeral aspect of light and perception in relation to sculpture and architecture intended as exhibition context.

She has a visual background related to painting, sculpture and photography, acquired during her studies at the Academy of Fine art of Florence where she attended her BA in fine art in 2006 and a postgraduate qualification in Art & Design teaching in 2008. Later, she started focusing her practice on the study of moving image in relation to film, video and sculpture deciding to move to Milan and then London, where in 2010 she attended a Master in Fine art at Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design. During her MA program she won the Red Mansion Art prize, an art residency program in Beijing promoted by Red mansion Foundation, with final show at Royal Academy of Art representing Central Saint Martin College of Art and design. During that time she started working with different means of production finalized to the manipulation of different equipment for the projection of light and moving images, using film, slides, and experimenting with different light sources. Through this she started focusing on the study of light in relation to architecture and sculpture. The post master period was structured through internships and artist in residence programs which allow her to keep working with specific equipment. First, Central Saint Martin film and Video department Intern and Residency Program where she specialized herself with the use of printing and developing techniques on 16mm film within the production of different works like vanishing Point Film. After, Prestech Film Laboratories where she developed her interest in the preservation and restoration of Film, within also specific training in digitalization and colour grading. At the moment she is PHD researcher at UCA, University for the creative Arts in Farnham, with a practice led program which focuses on the study of moving image and its relationship with architecture intended as a display context between Museum, Gallery and Cinema. Her project analysis also the sculptural quality of light in relation to perception phenomena and work reception. Her research is developing through the realization of a body of works which examine the sculptural quality of moving image in relation to the exhibition space, with a parallel investigation on curatorial strategies finalized to the display of time based installation works. Her study is focusing on how the relationship between the mixture of different creative languages and novel display solutions is creating a hybrid system of moving image production in contemporary art.


PHD, University for the Creative Arts/University of Brighton
Master in Fine Art, Central Saint Martin College of Art & Design, London
Teaching Qualification in Art & Design, Academy of fine art Florence, Italy
BA in Fine art, Academy of fine art Florence, Italy


2019 Le stanze di Ferenc: Carta da parati e nuova progettualità, progetto vincitore, Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Roma
2014 Premio Cairo, shortlisted, Palazzo Reale, Milan
2013 Combat Prize, winner video category Giovanni Fattori Museum, Livorno
2012 Red Mansion Art Prize, winner, Red Mansion Art Foundation, London, Residency in Beijing promoted by Red mansion art Foundation after a selection at CSM 2010/2011
2011 Nova Award, Cross Over, Lethaby Gallery, London, curated by Lisa Painting, best work produced for Master Fine art 2010/2011
2008 Real Presence 2008, residency award, Belgrade, exhibition at MKM - Magacin/Militar Museum-Kazamati/ Galleria 063 - Castello di Rivoli Turin - curated by Biljana Tomic e Dobrila Denegri nKA / ICA - Belgrade
2006 La fotografia come arte, l'arte come fotografia (The photography as art, art as photography), residency award, Daniel Spoerri Foundation, Grosseto, Italy, Curated by Fiammetta Strigoli,Cassero Senese, Grosseto


2019 Taixunia, Dimora Artica, curated by Dimora Artica, Milan
2019 Le stanze di Ferenc: Carta da parati e nuova progettualità,Villa d'Este Tivoli, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Davide Bertolini, Elisabetta Ciniglio
2017 Seamlessness, Galleria Massimo de Luca, curated by Elana Forin, Venice
2017 Between the Glimpse and the Gaze, James Hockey Gallery, curated by Richard Hylton University Cultural Program, UCA Farnham
2014 Long time ago when the earth was flat, Galleria Massimo de Luca, curated by Alice Ginaldi, Venice
2014 The quality of Scale, Murata Centoventidue Contemporary Art, curated by Angela Gonnella, Bari


2018 Charming Encounters, Galleria massimo de Luca, Curated by Dionisio Gavagnin e Marina Bastianello, Venice.
2017ARTVERONA/7 Galleria Massimo de Luca, Mezione speciale stand
Why Analogue? Screening of 16mm film at UCA Cinema, UCA Farnham, curated by Giusy Pirrotta and Richard Hylton
BOCCIONI 100 MODERNOLATRIA | BOCCIONI in the BOCS , Curated by Valentina Tebala, Gemma Anaïs Principe, Melissa Acquesta, Galleria Nazionale di Cosenza – Palazzo Arnone
2016 Immateriality: Possibilities and Experiences, UCA Research Student Exhibition, Herbert Read Gallery,Canterbury
SUBSTANCE RIFT, House of Vans Gallery, curated by Gala Bell, London
2015 Praestigium Contemporary Artist from Italy, Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Project, curated by Luca Beatrice, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin
Analogica, Special screening programme, Resistenza Analogica, Bolzano
2014 Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Analog Recurring Double Vision, Lo & Behold Gallery, curated by Bea Haut, London
2013 Lumen, Mars, curated by Lorenza Boisi, Milan
Analog Recurring 2013, Lo & Behold Gallery, curated by Bea Haut, London
Young at art 2013, Maca Museum Cosenza, curated by Massimo Garofalo and Andrea Rodi, Italy
Journey to the Center of my mind exhibition, BunkHouse, Madrid curated by Gala Knorr
Fama Gallery, Eva's Daughter curated by Andrea Bruciati, Verona
2012 Red Mansion Art Prize 2012, Royal Academy of Art, curated by Eliza Bonham Carter e The Red Mansion Foundation
2011, Italian Platform for Chinese contemporary art, Beijing, curated by Cecilia Freschini
Cross Over, Nova award finalist best work produced for Master in Fine Art Central saint martin 2011 Lethaby Gallery, curated by Lisa painting, London
Women at work, Placentia art gallery, curated by Lino Baldini, Piacenza
MAFA Final Show, Central Saint Martin College of art & design, London
Life is elsewhere, Crypt gallery, Curated by Oliver Guy Watkings, London


2013 PresTech film laboratories, 35mm 16mm film restoration, grading, TK, printing, processing
2012 16 mm film specialist at Central Saint Martin College of Art & Design Film and video department