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Virginia Panichi

Photography and theatre as expressions of female bodies

Date: April 16, 2021
City / State: Italy

Art and photography are the expression of this multifaceted artist. She turns her photo shoots into authentic installations, which result in dynamic paintings with strong colours. More than simple photographs, they are performances that last the moment of a shot, transforming that “moment” into a narration. Her representations follow a fine narrative thread, the hidden or implicit meaning that the viewer can discover in the semantics of her images. It’s an art that sometimes requires the interpretation of the symbols, gestures and expressions of female faces and bodies, which inhabit landscapes that she describes as modern ‘whims’.

 

This is where the concept of “Levitas”, which will also be the name of her series, comes from. Suspension becomes the metaphor for the energy of the world, which is lent to us so that we can live our life, but we must give it back once we reach the end of it, in a continuous circle where life and death are the same; “from the earth we come and to the earth we return.”

 

Talking about Virginia Panichi

Born in Florence (1981), where she currently lives and works, Virginia studied fashion at the Art Institute, graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and then attended the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan. She dedicates herself to portraying through photography, with performances conceived as theatrical stages, from the design of makeup and hairstyles to the creation of clothes and sets. Her more recent project is a journey around the contemporary body; her photography consists of setups, makeup, costumes and symbols that she creates herself, but it is also based on very specific research studies of both the increasingly less stable and changing identity, the post-human body and the hybridization with archaisms and technology, and mythology. The common thread between these two areas of her research is the study of the contemporary body. She currently works with several galleries in Italy and abroad; she exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale and has been showcasing her works in various group and personal exhibitions since 2000.

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Forest

Levitas

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 5495 x 5211 300dpi 16,5MB

Water

Levitas

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 5906 x 5906 300dpi 2,9MB

Photography and Painting

Ofelia

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 850 x 850 350dpi 347kB

Photography and Painting

Ofelia

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 850 x 850 350dpi 366kB

Water

Levitas

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 2000 x 1333 762 dpi 1,7MB

Photography and Painting

Ceci ne pas une tableau

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 10335 x 7854 300dpi 24,9MB

Photography

Dolce Seno

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 1134 x 1134 300dpi 292KB

Photography

Frammentaria

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 3646 x 3576 300dpi 734KB

Photography

Immedesima Azione

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 5571 x 5571 300dpi 5,2MB

Photography

Una Stanza

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 4506 x 4312 300dpi 3,7MB

Photography

Ritratto

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 640 x 640 72dpi 81KB

Photography

Levitas

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 6624 x 7853 300dpi 5,6MB

Photography

Cenacolo Bianco

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 2551 x 1044 300dpi 329KB

Photography

Frammenti Postumi

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 11317 x 3000 300dpi 7,5MB

Photography

Wunderkammer

Designer: Virginia Panichi

Photo Credits: Virginia Panichi

Size: 4263 x 4291 300dpi 5,7MB