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First Giant

Davide Balliano

Solo Exhibition and Live Performances by Davide Balliano 
Curated by Jovana Stokić

10 Feb–19 March 2011

A haunting conversation with a Catholic priest and full-time exorcist at the Vatican in Rome is one of the inspirations for Italian artist Davide Balliano, whose powerful works explore the darker sides of the human soul.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 6–8pm
DATES: 10 Feb–19 March 2011
HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday 12–6pm

Live Performances by Davide Balliano 
March 3, 6-9 pm 
March 4, 6-9 pm 
March 5, 5-8 pm

Location One is pleased to present Davide Balliano’s first solo show in New York and has commissioned a new installation from the artist for the occasion.

In his latest exhibition "Giving My Back to the Night..." Davide Balliano uses the myth of Ulysses blinding the Cyclops Polyphemus as a starting point for his representation of the five phases of sleep which he calls the "ancestral fight against the obscure void that blinds us every night". Through dark and poetic combinations of performance, drawing, installation, video and photography, Balliano explores his ongoing interest in the human mind and its fragile structures and contradictions.

As a special addition to the exhibition, Balliano will perform live on three dates in March.

Born in Turin, Italy in 1983, Davide Balliano has presented his work internationally, including the Kitakyushu Biennial (Japan) and the Vienna Biennale (Austria), and is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). Other exhibitions include Artist Space and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, The Watermill Center in South Hamptons, Plymouth Art Center in Great Britain. His portfolio has been recently exhibited in the Archive of Via Farini for the event "No Souls For Sale" at the Tate Modern Gallery in London. He is one of the winners of the AOL 25 for 25 Award 2010. Balliano lives and works in New York. Website: http://www.davideballiano.com

Jovana Stokić is the curator of performance art at Location One where, in Marina Abramovic Studio, she supports the growth of performance art by promoting the works of emerging artists on the international scale, organizing and collaborating on events using a network of people converging at Location One. It shows the commitment to experimentation across all art forms and points to recent efforts to return performance art to its central position within the gallery system. Performances, public panels and discussions promote and seek critical discourses on contemporary performance art practice and related issues.

NY State Council on the Arts


Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.