Born in Nuoro, Sardegn (1969) Michele Ciacciofera has lived and worked in Siracusa since 1990, and in Paris since 2011 where he now lives and works. He has always been invested in the relationship between human existence and the natural world. Using a variety of artistic approaches, including installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, theater, video and sound, he freely combines media and methods in his exploration of nature, history, mythology and humanity.
Material for his inquiries often begin with some nexus found in the cross-currents of languages, their literatures, and histories, for example, J.W. Goethe’s Sicilian Travels that inspired a collection titled “Sicilian Journey” that toured Europe and the USA. He constantly calls upon his background in political science, keen interest in environmentalism, and fixation with individual memory, folding in research, activism, and his own subjective reality to create poetic experiences.
He was awarded the Civitella Ranieri NYC Foundation Visual Arts Grant in 2015-16. His work was recently presented at the Museo Marino Marini (Florence) in 2020, at the 57 Venice Biennale and at Documenta 14 (Athens and Kassel) in 2017.The artist is currently represented by Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou/Beijing), Voice Gallery (Marrakech), Michel Rein (Paris/Brussels).