Adelaide Cioni works at the intersection of textile, drawing, and performance. The constant elements at the core of her practice are drawing and an absence of narration. Her research plays with physical perception and mnemonic reactions, to question the conventions that are built around the body and the difficulty to cope with having a specific sex, and to consider what it might mean to translate ourselves beyond our bodies.
Cioni’s work also utilises decorative patterns to engage with a form of shared non-verbal communication that has existed throughout human history.
During her residency Cioni has continued working on Ab ovo, her ongoing research project on decorative patterns, expanding it through a connection with music. Characterised by repetition, abstraction, and a tendency towards nature, these motifs resemble a process and a gesture that is both repetitive and abstract like rhythm and melody.
Online open studios
On the occasion of our spring open studios, Adelaide is sharing some images from works she has undertaken during her residency.
Photographs of Prayers to Jupiter, a performance developed during Adelaide's residency and hosted by Fondazione Memmo:
Adelaide Cioni lives and works in Bevagna. She studied drawing at UCLA, Los Angeles, and holds a BA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (2015). With an MA in contemporary history and a master’s degree in Literary Translation, for ten years she translated American literature.
Her recent projects include: Io dico io (I say I), Galleria Nazionale, Rome; And the flowers too, Museo orto botanico, Rome; 141. Un secolo di disegno in Italia, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, Bologna; Painting stone, Villa Lontana, Rome; Tout court. Un aperçu de l’art italien, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Paris; Dante. Un’epopea pop, MAR, Ravenna; Mirabilia, Casa Italia, XXXII Olimpycs, Tokyo; (all 2021); Ab ovo, solo stand for P420 in the curated section, Pittura XXI, Artefiera, Bologna (2020); Shape, color, taste, smell and sound, double solo show with Guy Mees, P420; Six or seven, Madonna del Pozzo, Spoleto (both 2019).); Arte per tutti, CIAC Gallery, Foligno; Che fare?, The Independent Project-MAXXI, Rome; Roar, Spazio Ulisse, Chiusi; and Pink punk performance, with Fabio Giorgi Alberti, da Franco, Rome (all 2018).
Adelaide Cioni’s residency is supported by Fondazione Memmo.