Daphne & Io
looped GIF, mapped projection, video stills, live still
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Daphne, a nymph, and Apollo are shot by Eros, with two different arrows condemning Daphne to fear and escape Apollo's profound love. After begging her father to change her form so she could be free from the chase, Daphne turns into a Bay laurel tree in Apollo's arms, who vows to love Daphne forever. “Always my hair will have you, my lyres will have you, my quivers will have you".
Io, a priestess, is turned into a cow as a consequence of Zeus's love for her. After long years of great sufferings and meanderings she gains back her human form and bares children from Zeus and the King of Egypt. Io's descendants plays fundamental parts in the future development of Greek-Roman Mythology.
Giada Tagliamonte (zada tagli) is a visual artist whose practice focuses on shared spaces, customs and stereotypes.
Heavily influenced by Western and Eastern classical aesthetics, Giada's work merges painting, performance and animation into immersive metaphysical landscapes fluctuant in a limbo of nowhere and everywhere, no-one and everyone, now and never.
Tagliamonte's work has appeared internationally in galleries, festivals and public events including Contemporary Visions Video Art Biennale, Urban Design Festival (Toride, Japan), Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (Singapore), 251 D-Park (Beijing, China), Center of Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA), Sartoria Bassani (Milano, Italy).
Giada Tagliamonte received her Master of Art Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London in 2015, she was born in Italy and currently lives and works in Amsterdam.