Giancarlo Pazzanese is a first generation born son from an Italian immigrant family. During 1994 – 1998 he studied in the Arts School of the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. Since then he is active both as visual artist and art producer. He worked 2 years for the FAO-UN headquarters in Santiago until the end of 2002. During this time he organized exhibition projects and produced video and installation pieces that were stored in a digital web-archive, www.18cm.nl. In late 2002 he relocates to Amsterdam. From there, he creates an artist organization for the promotion of contemporary Latino American artists called Eye Witness, www.testigoocular.org. Besides actively working as visual artist and freelance curator, he also works as consultant for communication agencies in the development of social marketing campaigns related to culture, health and migration.
Radar was exhibiting the works of Pazzanese in Oktober/November 2009. The 'solo…' exhibition focused on street performances by Pazzanese, designed as street interventions for uninformed crowds of people, where the spectator is ignorant of the art project that is taking place. This was the first time that the artist preseneds documentation material, video and memorabilia from 3 different performances executed between 2007 and 2009. By incarnating a generic guerrilla fighter, a church boy or a cartoon character, he explores issues such as constructed identities, politics, sex and religion with a touch of humour, critique and irony.
The 3 performances:
1. Lu-Che: Urban interventions with powder chalk and cardboard stencils. Printing and destruction of historical Latino American portraits in a hopscotch game played by jumping and stepping over the prints that will lose it's shape and disappear. The revolutionaries as recognizable images show their perpetuation in the community, while their traces and destruction after the performance show the permanent transformation of the revolutionary game (performed during 2007-2009 at Turnhout, Berlin, Utrecht, Guangzhou, Santiago, Amsterdam, Brussels & Prague).
2. Not old enough: The artist sings an all time classic Italian love song by Gigliola Cinquetti (“Non ho l’eta”), to the façade of several churches in Milan. Performance on pedophilia, sex and sentimental relationships between minors and the Catholic church. Exhibition and street interventions in Piazza Duomo, and Art Academy of Brera (performed in 2009, Milan).
3. Where is Waldo?: Reflection on character impersonation and mass discrimination. The artist appropriates and performs as a recognizable Hallmark cartoon character called ‘Wally” or “Waldo” in Spanish. This character is usually lost in a crowd of ‘normal’ people. Waldo looks for his alter ego in Amsterdam, blending in and out of a crowd of drunken Dutch men that celebrate their national holiday and expose their national identity as a single group (performed in 2009, Amsterdam)