The Heroine’s Journey of Carla Iacono

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

As a visual artist and using different expressive media, I feel a great freedom of expression and capability to deal with everything shaping human life. I love this possibility to develop an independent view of the world and to highlight crucial aspects of life, as the manipulation of cultural differences and the difficulty of dialogue which are generating dramatic events. As an example, my recent photographic work Re-velation addresses the delicate issue of the manipulation of cultural differences, starting from the situation of immigrant Muslim women in Europe. Re-velation uses the veil as a protagonist, an accessory present in all the main cultures and now symbolic of multiple meanings, with the aim to raise awareness on the ever more pressing need to establish mechanisms for dialogue and reception.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

A quiet comfortable place and an idea for a new project

What is my greatest fear?

Fear to loose people I love

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Having stopped driving cars from many years

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Versatile artists, in different disciplines, with a profound impact to art (Jan Fabre, Robert Wilson, Damien Hirst, Shirin Neshat, Peter Greenaway, Orhan Pamuk with the incredible Museum of Innocence).

Some photographers from Northern Europe who have influenced my art (Elina Brotherus; Anni Leppälä; Ruud van Empel; Erwin Olaf; Carla van de Puttelaar; Hellen van Meene)

What is my greatest extravagance?

To be a serial accumulator of books

On what occasion would I lie?

Maybe when the lie will bring about less evil than the truth.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Facing prejudices and failing to disrupt them

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

The acquisition of my work from an important Museum in Italy

If I could, what would I change about myself?

My height

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Stimulate discussion on important issues of our contemporaneity

Where would I most like to live?

I like living where I am now, a big house with garden and orchard in the countryside above Genoa.

I would like to have another house in the historical center of Genoa.

What is my most treasured possession?

My family and the archive of my images

What is my most marked characteristic?

Curiosity and imagination

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

My garden

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Mangiabuono, a small trattoria in the historical center of Genoa serving fantastic fried fresh fish

What books influenced my life and how?

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; it was the first book to stimulate my imagination

The tales of a “Thousand and one nightsthat have increased my interest in other cultures

The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud arousing my interest in psychoanalysis

The great tragedies of Shakespeare, the fables of Andersen, the plays of Oscar Wilde.

À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust

The books of Oliver Sacks

Plus I love reading artist biographies

Who are my favorite writers?

In addition to the authors mentioned above: Jane Austen, A. S. Byatt, Elizabeth Arnim, Virginia Woolf, Orhan Pamuk, Paul Auster and many others

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The piano by Michael Nyman; The Gnossiennes by Erik Satie; My Funny Valentine by Chet Baker; Perfect day by Lou Reed.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Shéhérazade from “Thousand and one nights”; Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Anyone who makes the world better with passion, courage, imagination

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Melancholia by Lars von Trier

Drowning by numbers by Peter Greenaway

Women without men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) by Shirin Neshat

What role plays art in my life and work?

It is necessary for my inner balance

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My family, who helps me and shares my artistic life: my husband Guido Geerts is a great expert in photographic technique and lighting, my daughter Flora Geerts is the protagonist of most of my works.

My gallerist, Clelia Belgrado (VisionQuesT 4rosso contemporary photography – Genoa) who supports and promotes my work with patience and tenacity.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

I’d like to start collaborations with art places (galleries/foundations/museums) in the Netherlands

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

Shirin Neshat and Carla van de Puttelaar

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

The project of a photographic book on the tour of my exhibition Re-velation inside the Diocesan Museums. Although an anthropological work, Re-velation was perceived by the Diocesan Museums as an opportunity to open up to the urgencies of the contemporary and to reflect on the themes suggested by the exhibition.

Where can you see me or my work?


Next solo exhibitions:

Re-velation Museo Diocesano Caltanissetta , Sicily, Italy (27 Ottobre 2018 – 27 Gennaio 2019)

Re-velation – Museo Diocesano Catania , Sicily, Italy (from February 2019)

Melancholia – VisionQuesT 4rosso contemporary photography, Genoa (from February 2019)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

In every activity, passion takes away most of the difficulty.
(Erasmus of Rotterdam)

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Cinzia Battagliola, artist

How can you contact me?



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