Francesco Jodice

Francesco Jodice

Italy 1967


Francesco Jodice
Francesco Jodice
March 7, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Many aspects of human society and behavior are seeing big changes in the urban environment. With many problems that are presenting themselves as a result of the modern way of life, our humanity and the many forms it manifests in are daily being put to the test. Exploring and documenting these changes while merging his knowledge of anthropology and photography is the Italian artist Francesco Jodice. A professor of Urban Visual Anthropology at the Master in Art and Curatorial studies at NABA as well as a professor of Photography at Forma, Jodice emphasizes the importance of bringing together art and geopolitics.

Francesco Jodice
Francesco Jodice – Weird Tales, #003, Alicante (detail), 2001. Photo credits

Presenting a Social Landscape

With his artistic practice including photography, architecture and film, the Italian artist born in 1967 in Naples often focuses on the social landscape of one or multiple cultures and the norms that surround it. It might not be obvious at first sight, but the photographs he takes are about more than what meets the eye at first sight. Capturing moments and scenery distinct for a certain district and culture, his images embody the essence of cultural conditions and represent the social landscape of the region. Although they exhibit aesthetic beauty, his photos and films primarily focus on changes and phenomena in urban anthropology following the modern social atmosphere. His project What We Want, portraying a worldwide social atlas, is perhaps the best representative of this ideology.

The project What We Want is perhaps the best representation of his ideology

Francesco Jodice
Francesco Jodice – Weird Tales, #004, Alicante (detail), 2001. Photo credits

Rich History of Research and Display

Forcing a confrontation with reality and its political, social and economical aspects, the works of Francesco Jodice have been exhibited widely and with a lot of success. His research projects follow various aspects of social behavior and circumstances, and some of them include 100 Stories, presenting photographs of people unaware that they are being recorded; Natura, a series of studies following criminal events and strange occurrences happening in different rural areas around the globe; Secret Traces, an experiment and archive based on human shadowing, and others. Exhibiting in both solo and group shows including the exhibitions at Documenta in Kassel (2001), the Venice Biennale (2003), the ICP Triennial of Photography and Video in New York (2006), the São Paulo Art Biennial (2006), the Tate Modern London (2006) and the Museo del Prado in Madrid (2011).

Jodice’s work is a testament to the importance of the relationship between art and humanity

Francesco Jodice
Francesco Jodice – What We Want, Bethlehem, T62 (detail), 2010. Photo credits

Social Anomalies of Urban Environment

His work is a testament to the value of his artistic skills as much as the importance of the relationship between art and humanity. Representing and documenting reality along with its political and economical aspects, Francesco Jodice portrays the social landscape and the anomalies that permeate it. With expertise in both anthropology and photography, the artwork of Francesco Jodice presents a valuable input for both the artistic world and contemporary social inquiries.

The artist is represented by the Gazelli Art House.

Francesco Jodice lives and works in Milan.

Featured image: Francesco Jodice – What We Want, Dubai, T61 (detail), 2009.. Photo credits
All images used for illustrative purposes only.


YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015 Cronach Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napels Solo
2015 American Recordings Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, TorinoSolo
2015 Weird Tales. Unhortodox Behaviours Galleria Michela Rizzo, VeniceSolo
2015 Altanti – Luigi Ghirri, Olivio Barbieri, Francesco Jodice, curated by Walter Guadagnini Galleria Bianconi, MilanGroup
2015 Anthropological Landscape Whitebox Art Center, New YorkGroup
2015 Liberi Tutti! Arte e Società in Italia. 1989 – 2001 Museo Ettore Fico, TutinGroup
2015 ITALIA. Inside Out Palazzo delle Ragione, MilanGroup
2015 Proportio Galleria Michela Rizzo – Palazzo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2015 Images of Crisis Museum space of the Greek Film Archive, AthensGroup
2014 Mont Blanc. Just things Five tales on Mont BlancSolo
2014 Primo Lavoro: Francesco Jodice / Nanni Valentini Galleria Bianconi, MilanGroup
2014 Mont Blanc Les Maisons de Judith, CourmayeurGroup
2014 Ritratto dell’artista da giovane Castello di Rivoli, TurinGroup
2014 Open Museum Open City: The city, out there, right here Maxxi, Via Guido Reni 4A, RomaGroup
2014 IOéTE MilanGroup
2014 Paesaggio Antropologico Sala Convegni della Fondazione CRCGroup
2014 Capri L’isola dell’Arte, IGAV – Istituto Garruzzzo per le Arti Visive in collaboration with Liquid Art SystemGroup
2014 IMmAGINE, Ex Birrificio q800 Isola della Giudecca, VeneziaGroup
2014 2004-2014 Opere e progetti del Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Triennale di MilanoGroup
2013 A Night At The Drive In: Shooting In Milan former Alfa Romeo’s factory, MilanSolo
2013 The Diefenbach ChroniclesSolo
2013 The Precursors LegacySolo
2013 Francesco Jodice Podbielski Contemporary, BerlinSolo
2013 Suggestioni Capresi, 100 anni dopo Diefenbach Fifth Festival of Photography in CapriGroup
2013 Economy Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2012 Citytellers, broadcasting Cinema Giorgione, VeniceSolo
2012 Umea – Spectaculum Spectatoris Bildmuseet, Umea, SwedenSolo
2012 Francesco Jodice Galleria Michela Rizzo, VeniceSolo
2012 Prado – Spectaculum Spectatoris QAGOMA – Queensland Art Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2012 I Have Seen This Place Before MAXXI, RomeSolo
2012 Il paese é reale MACRO Testaccio, RomaGroup
2011 El Prado por Francesco Jodice Museo del Prado, Madrid, SpainSolo
2011 Babel Museum of Contemporary Art, ZagrebSolo
2011 Spectaculum Spectatoris Museo Nacional del Prado, MadridSolo
2011 I have seen this place before, curated by Angela Madesani ARTRA art gallery, MilanSolo
2011 Citytellers. Film, Photographs, scripts Galeria Marta Cervera, MadridSolo
2011 People and the city, Highlights from the Art Collection UniCredit Winzawod Centre of Contemporary Art in Moscow, RussaGroup
2011 Die Sammlung. Mediale Werke von Vito Acconci bis Simon Starling / La collezione attiva AktionGroup
2011 Opere mediali da Vito Acconci a Simon Starling MUSEION, Bozen Group
2011 People and the city Winzavod Centre for contemporary Art, MoscowGroup
2011 Non Compos Mentis,a cura di Bárbara Perea Galería Jesús Gallardo, León, Guanajuato, MexicoGroup
2011 La memoria del otro en la era de lo global, a cura di Anna Maria Guasch Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, La HabanaGroup
2010 Fotografie dal progetto Citytellers Galleria Umberto Di Marino, NaplesSolo
2010 Citytellers Museo Madre, NaplesSolo
2010 Citytellers Mambo, BolognaSolo
2010 Biennale Architettura, Padiglione Italia (a cura di Luca Molinari), AILATI. Riflessi dal futuro Laboratori Italia, Ritratti di ClasseGroup
2010 Videozone V Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2010 Ritratti del potere Palazzo Strozzi, FlorenceGroup
2010 Impakt Festival Utrecht, NederlandGroup
2010 Tre Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena. ModenaGroup
2009 I can see your house from here Museion at the Eurac tower, BozenSolo
2009 Informal Cities Annex of prince of Wales museum, MumbayGroup
2009 Past Present Future Bank Austria Kunstforum, VienGroup
2009 Da Guarene all’Etna 1999-2009. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Guarene d’Alba, ItalyGroup
2009 La memoria del otro en la era de lo global Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Bogotà, BogotàGroup
2009 New Entries! Museion, BozenGroup
2009 Periferias Centro De Arte Dos De Mayo, MadridGroup
2009 Bienal De Canarias Santa Cruz De TenerifeGroup
2008 The chaos theory Galerìa Marta Cervera, MadridSolo
2008 Film retrospective_Fair Play Kunsthalle, LuganoSolo
2008 Stories on Human Rights Théâtre national de Chaillot, ParisGroup
2008 Gustos, colecciones y cintas de video Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, MadridGroup
2008 BrusselsBiennial BrusselsGroup
2008 Stories on Human Rights 21st Tokyo International Film Festival, TokyoGroup
2008 Per una collezione di fotografia Castello di Rivoli, RivoliGroup
2008 On Cities Arkitekturmuseet, StockholmGroup
2008 Post-it city CCCB, BarcelonaGroup
2008 L'Alba di Domani Elgiz Museum, IstanbulGroup
2008 No Place - Like Home Argos, BruxellesGroup
2008 Beautiful world Kulturforum Alte Post, DusseldorfGroup
2007 Secret Traces 1997-2007 Tinglado2, TarragonaSolo
2007 Gabriele Basilico, Francesco Jodice VM21artecontemporanea, RomeSolo
2007 Cine y casi cine Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, MadridGroup
2007 La civiltà dei superluoghi Urban Center, BolognaGroup
2007 Existencias MUSAC Museo deArte Contemporàneo de Castilla y Leòn, LeònGroup
2007 Terra Infirma Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007 Global cities Tate Modern, LondonGroup
2007 Spectacular City NRW-Forum, DüsseldorfGroup
2007 36th International Rotterdam Film Festival RotterdamGroup
2007 How to live together Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, SantiagoGroup
2007 54th Sydney Film Festival SydneyGroup
2006 São Paulo _ Citytellers, broadcasting Rete Globo / TV Cultura, BrasilSolo
2006 Ghost in the shell, broadcasting Canal+ Europe, SpainSolo
2006 Agent provocateur Galleria Umberto di Marino Arte Contemporanea, NaplesSolo
2006 Rear Window Canal+ Spain, MadridSolo
2006 New Landscapes, Italian Artistic photography of the UniCredit Group Collection MonacoGroup
2006 How to live together XXVII Bienal de São Paulo, San Paolo Spectacular City, NAI Group
2006 Città. Architettura e società, 10. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura VeniceGroup
2006 Saison Italienne Mep (Maison Européenne de la Photographie), ParisGroup
2005 I luoghi e l’anima Palazzo Reale, MilanGroup
2005 6 x torino GAM, TurinGroup
2004 Private Investigations galerie MudimaDue, BerlinSolo
2004 Going Public 04 Modena, (Zapruder) International 04Group
2004 Liverpool Biennial LiverpoolGroup
2004 Tour-isms Fundaciò Tàpies, Barcelona, (Multiplicity) Empowerment-Cantiere Italia, GenovaGroup
2004 Suburbia Reggio EmiliaGroup
2004 Neutrality Fri-Art Centre d’art contemporaine, FriburgGroup
2004 Sguardi contemporanei, IX Mostra Internazionale di Architettura VeniceGroup
2003 What We Want Galeria Marta Cervera, MadridSolo
2003 The Crandell Case Photo & Contemporary, TurinSolo
2003 The Random Viewer Galleria Spazio Erasmus, MilanoSolo
2003 IN-Natura X° Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Turin Sogni e conflitti, 50° Biennale di Venezia, Venice, (Multiplicity) Anteprima, XIV° Quadriennale di Roma, NaplesGroup
2002 Documenta 11 Kassel, (Multiplicity)Group
2002 Void Rice Gallery/G2, Tokyo, (Multiplicity) Side Effects, XX 2002 Triennale di Milano, Milan Artomi, Omi, New YorkGroup
2001 Instant city Museo Pecci, PratoGroup
2001 Urban Pornography New YorkGroup
2000 Mutations Bordeaux, (Multiplicity)Group