Bio

Daniele Villa (1973), visual artist, lives and works in Rome, Italy.

His background and formation is erratic and multidisciplinary including art, theatre, cinema and film critics.

Son of a music-hall actor and dancer and a classical and music-hall dancer, in 1995  he studies acting in Paris with the Balinese Peter  Brook company actor Tapa Sudana.

In 1996 while studing History and Critics of  Cinema at the Rome University La Sapienza,  he creates, together with Carlo Hintermann and Luciano Barcaroli,  the Citrullo International Working Crew and begins to work on books-interviews with filmmakers, as Otar Ioseliani and Takeshi Kitano, both published by the Italian publishing house Ubulibri.

Then in 2000, they establish together with Gerardo Panichi the film production company Citrullo International,  with which he produces and directs creative documentaries on art and cinema – among the others ‘Rosy–fingered Dawn: a film on Terrence Malick’ (2002) and ‘F For Fontcuberta’ (2005) -, which are screened at the major national and international festival as Venice Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Turin Film Festival,  FIFA Montreal, Stockolm Film Festival, Bangkock Film Festival, BFI London.

About his latest activity in the movie field, in 2011 he produces ‘The Dark Side of the Sun’, directed by Carlo Hintermann, premiered at the Rome Film Festival. ‘The Cinema of Terrence Malick’,  curated together with Carlo Hintermann, will be published in 2014 by the British publishing company Faber and Faber.

He directs his visual research towards the territory of collage, creating collage-based works, made solely with paper, scissors and glue.

Free from the perfecting powers of computer manipulation, the concept of his collages floats between the nostalgia for lost harmonies and a frantic search for new ones. Rather than being driven towards fragmentation and disorientation, his work leans more towards a paradoxical unity. His film-making background leads to him pay meticulous attention to the images, their editing and their narrative.

His research is gradually moving towards assemblage, installations and performances investigating the concept of memory and divination of life.

With Serbian musician Aleksandar Caric Zar he creates in 2012  the live collage performance Synchronotopy that represents a meeting point between the two sides of his artistic research,  matching  the private dimension of  the collage creation process with the public experience of a movie screening.

 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Da grande sarò morto, curated by Guillame Von Holden, Zelle Arte Contemporanea, Palermo

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 Tufffo, curated by ARIA Magazine, Torre di Mola, Formia
2013 Scrapbook, curated by Sergio Zavattieri, Kir Royal Gallery, Valencia
2012 The Past: History, Time, Memory and Nostalgia, Santorini Biennale of Arts, Greece
2012 The Impossible Heap, curated by Audrey Yeo, Galerie 8, London
2012 Lontani come rami galleggianti, ‘Nuove impressioni’, Ex Collegio dei Gesuiti, Alcamo
2012 Destroy all Monsters, curated by Yuri Elena, Expanded View, Rome
2011 It’s Time to say Goodbye, curated by Guido Cabib, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice / Changing Role-Move Over Gallery, Naples
2011 Silver Session, curated by Sergio Zavattieri, South & North, Valencia
2011 Allegory of the Cave, curated by Guillame Von Holden, Quattrocentometriquadri Gallery, Ancona
2010 Art Stars Polo Jeans (Ralph Lauren), curated by Alexa Kusber, Phillips de Pury, London
2010 Sweet Sheets (Moves to Modica), curated by Guillame Von Holden, Palazzo della Cultura di Modica, Modica
2010 Sweet Sheets III, curated by Guillame Von Holden, Zelle Arte Contemporanea, Palermo
2007 Paste Up, curated by Karen Bettencourt, The All Arts Gallery, Lowell, USA
2007 Ancora Pop, curated by Gabriele Bianconi, Galleria Il Narciso, Rome

PERFORMANCES

Synchronotopy

2013 Mirabilia Festival Europeo, Fossano
2013 Teatri di Vetro, curated by Daniele Spanò, Rome
2012 Vetrinale, curated by Cecilia Casorati, Micol Di Veroli, Yuri Elena, Rome
2012 Festival uličnih svirača, Novi Sad, Serbia
2012 Imaginarius, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal

In Cage

2012 Expanded View, Affordable Art Fair, MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda, Rome

PUBLICATIONS

2013 Smallzine n.7, Acri
2013 ARIA Magazine n.4, Cera una volta e una volta sola, Rome
2013 LA FORMA n.11 (la situazione è complessa, vacilla ai bordi del pianeta), Palermo
2012 Cerchio Art Magazine n.1, Dimora Artica, Milan
2012 ARIA Magazine n.2, Non si sa poi cosa, Rome
2012 A4GOD, Pomo, Milan
2012 LA FORMA n.09 (nella pancia della nonna), Palermo
2011 TRIBE ART n.88 (cover), Catania
2011 GQ Italia Magazine, Milan
2010 Art Stars, London
2010 Link Magazine n.9, Milan
2010 Schöner Irrsinn, Worthandel, Dresden

RESIDENCIES

Gorna Lipnitsa is a Flower / Ritual for Abandoned Houses
2013 Old School Art Residency, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

F For Fontcuberta
2004, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

WORKSHOPS

2013, Suveniri / Souvenirs, Festival uličnih svirača, Novi Sad, Serbia
2013, Collage Arts, IED Roma
2013, Synchronopy, Mus-e Roma Onlus
1997, Kaleidos, IED Roma

PRIZES

2012, Retina Prize for Visual Arts, Rome

DOCUMENTARIES DIRECTED

2005 F For Fontcuberta, International Première: FIFA, Montreal
2002 Rosy-fingered Dawn, International Première: Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Venice

DOCUMENTARIES PRODUCED

2002 Rosy-fingered Dawn, International Première: Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Venice
2004 Chatzer: Inside Jewish Venice, International Première: Turin Film Festival
2005 F For Fontcuberta, International Première: FIFA, Montreal
2011 The Dark Side of the Sun, Italian Première: Rome International Film Festival, Rome

BOOKS CURATED

2014 (to be released) Rehersing the Unexpected: The Cinema of Terrence Malick, Faber and Faber, London
2001 Il cinema nero di Takeshi Kitano, Ubulibri, Milan
2000 A straight story by David Lynch, Ubulibri, Milan
1999 Ioseliani secondo Ioseliani, Ubulibri, Milan