ROMA NAPOLI, A BRIEF HISTORY
At the beginning of her university studies at the Faculty of Letters in Nancy France, the artist Roma Napoli regularly attended the parallel unit – « Cinema-Theatre » headed by Roger Viry-Babel. This libertarian and imaginative environ- ment reinforced the independence of a mind that was already TOUGH and gave her a solid film vocabulary. But the sun and light in the south called and despite mutual friendships developed with her teachers she left the cold city of Nancy to continue her studies at the Faculty of Visual Arts in Aix en Provence, in the footsteps of Cézanne and Picasso who lived part-time in his Chateau de Vauvenargues. She found the courses too « academic » and they did not stimulate her. However, she loved the photography class with Willy Ronis as he spoke about his career and vision in an authentic man- ner. Fueled by the dictums of the « New Wave » filmmakers she found a place in the line of the antecedent movements; « Narrative Figuration », « Pop Art », « The New Realists ».
In 1977 she began a period of « Spray Art », an interpretation of photographs in color negative that ended in 1981 with a series of large format self-portraits.
In 1982 she founded, with friend and artist JJ Dow Jones, the art collective DIX10 [ www.dix10.net ]. In the spirit of Dada and Fluxus, the duo agitated the world of contemporary art with their provocative, ironic, off-centered work that was deeply engaged with their epoch.
Over 30 years, a hundred installations have been shown around the world; Paris’ Musée du Montparnasse, the Musée de la Poste, La Grande Halle de La Villette, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in New York, Milano, Berlin, Venice, Ankara, London, Edinburgh, Pittsburgh, …
Their monography « DIX10 – A Contextual Art For All » depicting their epic history, was released in March 2014 by So- mogy Art Editions.
Since 2000, parallel to her investment in Dix10, Roma has produced personal œuvres using modern technologies, pho- tography, computer, and video.
In her latest work « The Photographic Tableaux », she places Action Men and GI Joe figures in territories composed with literary, philosophical, and anthropological references. In these realistic and visionary scenes, occasionally extreme tensions touch a dark irony in the manner of JG Ballard. These pastiches of humans, of ideal soldiers, diverted from their function seem to appropriate her poetic universe. In reality they are simply pawns that the artist manipulates, frozen in a picture, they offer the ‘voyeur’ the room for interpretation.
« The creations of Roma Napoli jostle the habits of our perception, situation and language. With humor and originality, she leads us into a strange fiction. Surreptitiously, through the artifice of molded plastic men, and by staging them in singular situations that seem familiar, she offers us a reflection on the future of mankind ». — Marie Deparis Bofil
Roma lives and works in Paris, France.
SELECTION OF RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Mauvais genre, Duplex, Paris 2014.
AACE, Institut français d’Ecosse et EDS Gallery, Edinburgh 2014.
Foto Fever, Stand Michèle Mariaud Gallery, Caroussel du Louvre, Paris 2013.
Michèle Mariaud Gallery, New-York 2013.
Aphrodite 2012, Museum Bath-House of the Wind, Athens 2012/2013.
La Force Tranquille, Wabé Studios – portes ouvertes, Montreuil 2012.
Les Crises, Galerie Imagine, Paris 2012. Etranges Hybridations, Espace 111, Montreuil 2012.
Parution d’un dyptique photographique dans le livre ”Père et Mère” by Yves Haddad, Editions de la Martinière, 2011.
Impulsion Suggestive, photographie unique, Théâtre de La Noue, Montreuil 2011.
Exposition Les filles, ”Poésie Aquatic” Le Cabinet d’Amateur, Paris 2009.
Qui n’a Pas Son Masque, ”Celtes et Masques”, Le Cabinet d’Amateur, Paris 2009.
Objectif Lune, ”Moon Game”, Le Cabinet d’Amateur, Paris 2009.
Série Time It, for Time It Watches, Amasterdam 2008.
Souvenirs du bord de Mer, ”See Murder”, Le Cabinet d’Amateur, Paris 2008.
Twist-Over, Film and installation made with Black Sifichi. Selected by the festival “Les Yeux, la Nuit, les Lois de la Nature“, Nancy 2006.
Mecabionic, in the publication ”Peau de Lapin”, Paris 2006.
Mail Art, “Homage to Raymond Hains”, Les Timbrés, Paris 2005.