Giovanni Aloi (UK)

Giovanni Aloi was born in Milan, Italy in 1976. In 1995 he obtained his first degree in Fine Art – Theory and Practice and moved to London in 1997 where he went on to study Visual Culture (MA) at Goldsmiths College. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at Whitechapel Art Gallery and as a film programmer at Prince Charles Cinema in London whilst continuing to work as freelance photographer. Today he is a lecturer of History of Art and Media Studies at Queen Mary University, The Open University, City Lit and Tate Galleries. He also is the Editor in Chief of Antennae, the online Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. The magazine combines a heightened level of academic scrutiny of animals in art, (as evidenced by a two-volume issue dedicated to the ways in which our human intellectual and culture models have been influenced by the natural history of insects), with a less formal and more experimental format designed to appeal to audiences of artists and general public alike.

Inspired by the work of Steve Baker, the author of influential books The Postmodern Animal and Picturing the Beast, and wanting to cross the boundaries of academic knowledge, Antennae quickly became a hit amongst artists, academics, curators and those interested in art, animal, environmental issues around the world.

Giovanni Aloi’s main research areas involve modern and contemporary art with a strong interest for the representation/presence of animals in the exhibiting space.

Selected publications by Giovanni Aloi

‘Picasso’s Animals: Histoire Naturelle’ in Antennae Issue 1, pp.25-30, March 2007.

‘The Contemporary Uneasiness With Entomology Displays’, in Antennae Issue 3 Vol.1, pp.26-32, September 2007.

‘A New Entomology Display Cabinet? – The Photography of Poul Beckmann’, in Antennae Issue 3 Vol.2, pp. 4-8.

‘The Poetics of Plastic Bags’ in Plastic Bags – Exhibition Catalogue, Fritzoy Press, pp. 3-7, 2006. 

Presentations

'Culture in the Wild’, Art History and Animal Studies, Regents College, London, February 2008

‘Culture in the Wild’, The Endangered Postmodern Animal, Regents College, London, April 2008.