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2023 — Gustavo Giacosa

Gustavo Giacosa

Born in Argentina, Gustavo Giacosa is an Art Brut curator, director and actor. He worked for twenty years in Pippo Delbono's theatre company, before founding the SIC.12 company in Aix-en-Provence with pianist and composer Fausto Ferraiuolo, and then the SIC.12 art studio in Rome.

His experience and research continually lead him to practice openness and decompartmentalization. In his theatrical and performance practice, he creates solo portraits of Art Brut authors and also works collectively with mentally handicapped artists. He runs workshops at the Les Murets psychiatric hospital in the Paris suburbs, at the La Maison palliative care centre in Gardanne, near Aix-en-Provence, and at La 'S' Grand Atelier in Vielsalm, Belgium.

As an independent curator, he has been commissioned to organise exhibitions at the Halle Saint-Pierre (Paris), the Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne) and the Oliva Museum in Sao Joao da Madeira (Portugal).

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Images from the show "En chemin" (2018)

He is currently in residence at the Centre National pour la création adaptée in Morlaix. There he is working on the creation of a show inspired by the Art Brut author Mélina Riccio. In January 2024, he will present the exhibition "Parole in cammino" at the Manufacture in Aix-en-Provence. In September, SIC12 Aix-en-Provence and Hôpitaux de Paris Est will present the third edition of the Trace(s) Art + Altérité + Ailleurs Festival. Throughout the year, in 2023 and 2024, SIC12 will be organising events.

Gustavo Giacosa's voice is one of the most important in the world of Art Brut, of which he has an in-depth knowledge. Above all, he is a tireless defender of its creators. For this long-standing commitment, the Fondation Guignard has decided to support the activities of SIC.12 in Aix en Provence and Rome, including conferences, performances and exhibitions based on the collection of contemporary art and Art Brut that he has assembled with Fausto Ferraiuolo. The Foundation will also be participating in the publication of the catalogue for the "Ecritures en errance" exhibition.

Provisional poster for the Aix-en-Provence exhibition