The Artist

Contact: info@noelgazzano.com

Noel Emilia Gazzano is an Italian-American artist and anthropology PhD promoting social transformation regarding gender issues and the current ecological crisis. In 2016, under the auspices of ISDE-International Society of Doctors for Environment, she created the performance “L’Insopportabile Contraddizione” (The Unbearable Contradiction), dedicated to rejecting media and governmental denial of cancer-causing illegalities in Puglia, through the promotion of collective awareness and participation.  In 2014 she developed the itinerant exhibition “Un Anno da Sirene” (A Mermaid Year) dedicated to raising awareness on violence in Italy, under the auspices of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS – 2017 Everyone’s Dress, Farm Cultural Park, Favara (IT) – 2016 Human Carillon (with Grace Zanotto), Spazio Bong, Firenze (IT) – L’Insopportabile Contraddizione, Castello di Acaya, Lecce (IT) – Ineffabile Profondo, Palazzo Vettori, Kent University, Florence (IT) – 2015 – Le Sirene del Bosco, Cinema del Reale, Specchia (IT) – L’Onestà dell’Artista, curated by Lorenzo Madaro, Galleria Francesco Foresta, Lecce (IT) – La Vita che Vorrei, Galleria Francesco Foresta, Lecce (IT) – 2014 – Un Anno da Sirene, Festival Internazionale Cinema e Donne, Premio Gilda, Florence (IT) – L’Isola (performance), Salone dei Teatini, Lecce (IT) – Tra Sogno e Veglia. Una Ricerca per Immagini sulla Femminilità, Salone dei Teatini, Lecce (IT) – Uragani e Melagrane, Tipografia del Commercio, Lecce (IT) – La Danza del Vento (performance), La Notte della Taranta, Lecce (IT) – 2013 – Hope and Certainty, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe, Florence (IT) – Would You Recognise Her? Women Changing Lives with Art, Richmond College London, Florence (IT) – 2012 – Una Donna (a) Forte, La Marguttiana di C. Carrà, Forte dei Marmi (IT) – 2011 – Sentire. Rifiutare. Proporre! Arte, Ricerca Psichica e Trasformazione Sociale, curated by Daniela Falzone, Galleria d’Arte Civico 69, Florence (IT) – 2009 – Lo Spazio del Metodo, Teatro della Pergola, Florence (IT) – 2008 – Premio Galileo 2000, Istituto D’Arte di Porta Romana, Florence (IT) – 2007 – Dream Me, curated by Marcia Steinberg, Borghese Palace Art Hotel, Florence (IT).

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS – 2017 – Nuvola Creativa Festival delle Arti, Spazio Factory, MACRO-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome (IT), curated by Antonietta Campilongo, 9-10 June 2017 – 2016 – Gutta Cavat Lapidem, Apulia Land Art Festival, Bari (IT), curated by Massimo Nardi – REThink Video Arts Festival, Rethymno (Crete), 9-12 September 2016 – La Notte della Cultura e delle Arti, curated by Gigi Rigliaco, Art and Ars Gallery, Galatina (IT), 27th August 2016 – 2013 – Mostriamoci. L’arte di Essere Donna, curated by Rossana Buccella, Spazio Espositivo Sopra Le Logge, Pisa (IT) – 2012 – Affordable Art Fair, curated by Tricia Holda, The Tunnel, New York (USA) – 2010 – Searching for a Blue Perspective, curated by Silvana Belvisi, Parco del Valentino, Turin (IT) – 2009 – Luxury Goods – The Meaning of Art, curated by Michael Milsoslavski, The Foundry, London (GB).

ART RESIDENCIES – 2017 – Everyone’s Dress, Farm Cultural Park, Favara (Sicily), 5-21 May 2017 – 2016 – Gutta Cavat Lapidem, Apulia Land Art Festival, Bari (IT), curated by Massimo Nardi, September 2016.

PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS – 2015 – “La Fine di Un’Era”, Finalist, Premio Arte Laguna, Venice (Italy)

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE – 2013 – FluIDentities, Marist College (NY) Masters Program in Museum Studies final exhibition, in collaboration with Galerie Judy Straten (Horst, NL) – 2011 – Art+Fashion_Inspiring Imaginations, co-curator with Sass Brown, Fashion Institute of Technology (NY), Final Graduation Exhibition, Galleria Civico 69, Firenze (Italy).

ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD 2005-2014 – Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Marist College (NY)/LDM Institute, Florence (IT) – 2010-2014 – Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences, Richmond University, Florence (IT) Study Center – 2013 – Adjunct Professor, Masters in Museum Studies, Marist College (NY)/LDM Institute, Florence (IT) – Adjunct Professor, IED-Istituto Europeo di Design, Florence (IT).

ACADEMIC TRAINING – 2006 – PhD in Anthopology, University of Florence (IT) – 2001 – MA in Anthropology, University of Turin (IT).

ARTISTIC TRAINING – 2008 – Espressione Libera, specialization course with artist Monica Ogaz, Florence (IT) – 2006-2009 – Laboratorio Teatrale, Metodo Mimico Orazio Costa, Teatro della Pergola, Florence (IT) – 2004-2006 – Theatre Academy Teatro D’Almaviva, Florence (IT) – 2003 – Summer School of the Visual, Slovenian Academy of Sciences & Arts, Nova Gorica (RS) – 2003 – Accademia delle Arti Figurative, Florence (IT) – 2002 – Advanced Drawing, Painting and Artistic Photography. Rome University of Fine Arts (IT) – 1998-2001 – Dark-room training with photographer N. Panassiti, Imperia (IT) – 1997-1998 – Theatre Academy Officina, Teatro del Banchero, Palazzo Soleri, Taggia (Imperia, IT).

LECTURES, PAPERS AND INSPIRATIONAL SPEECHES 6 May 2017 Everyone’s Dress. Changing the World With Art. Farm Cultural Park, Favata (IT) 17 Nov 2016 Art for Sociocultural Transformation. Richmond College, Firenze (IT) Campus 9 Oct 2013 The Relationship Between Art and Gender. WIN-Women’s International Network, Florence (IT) 25-27 June 2013 Rethink Your Body: Embodied Experience and Women’s Identity in Italy Today. Officina Rethink, Prato (Italy) 26 March 2013 Women Changing Lives With Art. Richmond College, Florence (IT) Campus 6 Feb 2013 An Anthropologist’s Gaze on Fashion. Kent State, Florence (IT) Campus 6 Feb 2013 The Ugly Face of Beauty: Women and Media in Italian Society. CAPA – Florence, IT Program (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) 16 Oct 2012 Curating Fashion: Theories and Trends. Masters Program in Museums Studies, Marist College (NY) – LDM Institute, Florence (IT) 25 Sept 2012 The Ugly Face of Beauty: Women and Media in Italian Society. CAPA – Florence, IT Program (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) June 2012 An Anthropologist’s Gaze on Fashion: the Poetics and Practice of a Human Universal. Fashion Tales 2012, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (IT) 8 Feb 2012 Art&Fashion: Endless Inspiration. Fashion Department and Masters Program in Museums Studies, Marist College (NY) – LDM Institute, Florence (IT) 23 Jan 2012 The Ugly Face of Beauty: Women and Media in Italian Society. CAPA – Florence, IT Program (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) 22 Sept 2011 Art and Fashion: Theoretical Premises and Curatorial Outcomes. Masters Program in Museums Studies, Marist College (NY) – LDM Institute, Florence (IT) 21 Sept 2011 The President’s Girls. What Berlusconi’s Media Empire is Doing to Women’s Identity in Italy. CAPA – Florence, IT Program (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) 8 March 2011 Women’s Identity and Italian Media. Monash University, Prato Center (IT) 3 March 2011 Art+Fashion_Inspiring Imaginations. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Florence (IT) Campus 2 March 2011 The President’s Girls. What Berlusconi’s Media Empire is Doing to Women’s Identity in Italy. CAPA – Florence, IT Program (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) 24 Nov 2010 Imagination and Desires: an Interdisciplinary View of the Myth of the Creative City. The Myth of Florence. Conflict of Identities in a Changing Urban Landscape, LDM Institute, Florence (IT) 14-19 Nov 2006 Un Preciso Obbligo Personale: Ritual Circumcision in Contemporary Italian Biomedical Discourse. 105th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Critical Intersections/Dangerous Issues, San José, California, USA (co-authored with Z. Androus) 24-26 Aug 2006 Medical Interventions on Women’s Genitals: Historical Texts and Contemporary Discourse, The Ninth International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights, Seattle, Washington, USA 15 Oct 2004 Children at Work. The Presence of Children and Under Age Youngsters in Working Places of Florentine Chinese Communities. Health Service Research and Evaluation in Occupational Health, XII Congress, ICOH Scientific Committee, Modena (IT).

CONFERENCE ORGANIZER AND CHAIR 26 March 2013 Would you recognise her? Women changing lives with art. Richmond College, Florence (IT) 24 Nov 2010 The Myth of Florence. Conflict of Identities in a Changing Urban Landscape. LDM Institute, Florence (IT) 6 April 2006 Migrazioni: l’Antropologia in Discussione, Laboratori di Antropologia, Università di Firenze (IT).

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS Single authorship 2012 Art+Fashion_Inspiring Imaginations, Graduation Exhibition Catalogue, Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY (Florence, IT) 2011 Art+Fashion_Inspiring Imaginations, Graduation Exhibition Catalogue, Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY (Florence, IT) 2008 Medical Interventions on Women’s Genitals: Historical Texts and Contemporary Discourse, in Circumcision and Human Rights, ed. by G. C. Denniston, F. Mansfield Hodges and M. F. Milos 2006 Responsabilità e Coinvolgimento nella Ricerca Antropologica. Alcune Riflessioni dal Campo, in Seminari di Antropologia e Dintorni, ed. by B. Chiarelli et.al., Phasar, Florence (IT) 2006 Le modificazioni dei Genitali Femminili. Una Nota Antropologica, in Nascere Uomo. Corso di Scienze Umane per Ostetricia. Aspetti Socio-Evolutivi della Famiglia e della Nascita, ed. by B. Chiarelli et.al. 2004 Review of I Segni sul Corpo, by M. Fusaschi, Bollati Boringhieri 2003, in www.cesda.net, Ce.S.D.A.-Centro Studi, Ricerca e Documentazione su Dipendenze e AIDS 2004 Mutilazioni Genitali Femminili e Riti Alternativi, in Toscana Medica n.2, February 2004, pp. 6-8. – MGF e Riti Alternativi, La Stampa, Tutto Scienze e Tecnologia, “Costume tra Diritti Umani e Tutela delle Culture”, p.3, 11 February 2004 Co-authored publications 2006 Androus, Zachary and Noel Gazzano, The Focus that Blurs. Deconstructing the Body in Anthropology and Social Science, in No Body Decoration. Research Jewellery as a Redefinition of the Human Body, Catalogue, International Exhibition Lucca Preziosa Oreficeria Contemporanea, 22 September – 22 October, Villa Bottini Lucca, ed. by M. C. Bergesio, Le Arti Orafe, Firenze 2005, Gazzano, Noel and Marcella Gostinelli, Welcoming Reception in Healthcare: an Interdisciplinary View Between Anthropology and Nursing, in Healthcare Systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety, Proceedings of the International Conference HEPS 2005, Florence, Italy, 30th March-2nd April 2005, Taylor&Francis 2004 Gazzano, Noel, Fabio Capacci and Francesco Carnevale, 2004 Children: Are They at Work? The Presence of Children and Under-Age Youngsters in Working Places of Florentine Chinese Communities, XII Congress of the ICOH – International Commission on Occupational Health Scientific Committee, Modena (IT) Translations and editorial work 2005 Malinowski, Bronislaw (1929): The Sexual Life of Savages, Carocci Editore, Milano: Scientific Revision for Italian edition.

ART PUBLICATIONS 2015 L’Onestà dell’Artista – The Artist’s Honesty. Exhibition Catalogue. Curated by Lorenzo Madaro. Quaderni della Galleria Foresta, Lecce (IT) 2010 Cover illustration, L’Infanzia nel Cinema di Steven Spielberg, Emilio Audissino, Ennepi Libri (“Il cinema la notte”, mixed media on paper, 10×15) – Luxury Goods: The Meaning of Art. Exhibition Catalogue. Curated by Michael Misloslavski. London – L’Importanza di Esser(R)è Franco, theatrical show poster, Compagnia Teatrale EsserRe, Florence (IT). Acrilic and charcoal on canvas, 70×50 cm 2009 Spirito Allegro (Blithe spirit), theatrical show poster, Compagnia Teatrale EsserRe, Florence (IT). Mixed media on paper, 70×35 cm – Lo Spazio del Metodo, theatrical booklet cover, Jaques e il suo padrone by Milan Kundera, Teatro della Pergola, Florence (IT) 2008 Premio Galileo 2000, booklet cover, Florence (IT) 2003 Illustrations, Book of Abstracts, Anthropology Conference XV ICAES 2K3, Humankind/Nature Interaction: Past, Present and Future, Florence (IT).